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Joanne Cavanaugh Simpson

Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD
I'm a nonfiction essayist, lecturer at Johns Hopkins University's Writing Seminars, and editor of 3QR: The Three Quarter Review. I'm also author of Literature on Deadline and a former staff writer for the Miami Herald and Johns Hopkins Magazine, among other publications. I love to tackle complicated Nonfiction subjects and find the narrative within, including the evolution of digital culture and counterculture; the questionable ethics of self-driving cars; and the paradox of astrobiology when we haven't exactly found life elsewhere yet (though definitely hoping for confirmation, new exoplanets and all).
I like to talk about groundbreaking ideas, hope for the future of journalism, travel with a purpose, and lots of other topics.
My bio is linked via the website above, but if you'd like to read an excerpt here:
J. Cavanaugh Simpson's essays have appeared in The Washington Post, The Rumpus, The Sun literary magazine, Creative Nonfiction, The Connecticut Review, Utne Reader, Style, WYPR's The Signal, as well as in the book collections Letters to J.D. Salinger (University of Wisconsin Press) and Signs of Life in the USA (Bedford/St. Martin’s). She was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize for an essay published in Chautauqua, based out of the University of North Carolina, and has work forthcoming in Gargoyle and elsewhere.
As a foreign correspondent, she has written for such venues as the Baltimore Sun and American Journalism Review, reporting from Argentina, India, Nepal, China and Cuba. Cavanaugh Simpson earned her BS from the University of Maryland College Park; MA from Hopkins' Writing Seminars, where her thesis was supported by a Goldsmith Research Award from Harvard University's Joan Shorenstein Center; and her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College, where she earned the Christine White Award in literary nonfiction in 2018.