Joanne Cavanaugh Simpson


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Joanne Cavanaugh Simpson is a nonfiction essayist, lecturer, and editor of 3QR: The Three Quarter Review. She is the author of Literature on Deadline (Caldwell Publishing), and is a former staff writer for The Miami Herald and Johns Hopkins Magazine, among other publications. Her 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). Her essays are forthcoming in the literary journal Chautauqua 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; and her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College. She is a recent recipient of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Arts Innovation Grant to foster the next generation of scientist essayists; and her Hopkins master's thesis was supported by a Goldsmith Research Award from Harvard University's Joan Shorenstein Center. Cavanaugh Simpson, who has also won a Johns Hopkins Excellence in Teaching award, is currently at work on a book exploring the evolution of digital culture and counterculture.

  1. Cavanaugh Simpson is a member of the Authors Guild and PEN America, and her recent work includes: IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT:Self-driving cars have the potential to make roads safer. But what do we do while they learn from their mistakes? and Are We Flying Solo? Johns Hopkins Magazine.

Digital Disabilities in The Washington Post.

Digital Dictator in The Rumpus.

Op-Ed: Kids' ID cards cross a line in the Baltimore Sun.