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Joanne Nelson

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Joanne Nelson is the author of the collection, My Neglected Gods, and the memoir, This Is How We Leave (both from Vine Leaves Press). Her writing appears in anthologies and literary journals such as Brevity, The Museum of Americana, and Redivider. Nelson writes creative non-fiction, essays, poetry, and commentaries on craft.

Certified as a meditation and mindfulness teacher by the McLean Meditation Institute, Nelson leads retreats and workshops on topics related to meditation, writing, and creativity. She also teaches creative writing classes for the continuing education program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Waukesha. Nelson lives in Hartland, Wisconsin, where she develops and leads community programs, maintains a psychotherapy practice, and adjuncts. She holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and an MSSW from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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