Joan Bolker

For more than thirty years, Joan Bolker, Ed.D., has taught and counseled writers--at Harvard, where she cofounded the Writing Center, at UMass-Boston, where she began The Language Place, and at Wellesley, Brandeis and M.I.T.'s counseling services. She is a clinical psychologist who works with many writers in her private practice, and has coached the authors of hundreds of doctoral dissertations.

"...owning an Irish Water Spaniel ...means that every morning I have to negotiate with him who's the person, and who's the dog. Sometimes the negotiations with my writing feel quite as precarious--and much more dangerous."