Joanna Clapps Herman's collection of short stories, No Longer and Not Yet, will be published by SUNY Press. She is currently working on a non-fiction collection of essays, After the Manner of Men and Women, to be published by Fordham University Press. Her memoir, The Anarchist Bastard (SUNY Press, 2011) begins, "I often say that I was born in 1944 but raised in the 15th Century because although I was born in Waterbury, CT, in a New England factory town, in post-WWII, I grew up in a large southern Italian family where the rules were absolute, and customs antiquated." She is co-editor of two anthologies: Wild Dreams: The Best of Italian Americana (Fordham University Press, 2008), and of Our Roots Are Deep with Passion (Other Press, 2007). She has published extensively in three forms: fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction. She loves teaching and considers it an art form as central to her life as reading and writing.