Joanne Seltzer, born in Detroit, has lived in upstate New York long enough to call it home. She received a Bachelorís Degree from the University of Michigan and a Masterís Degree from The College of Saint Rose. Married to Stanley Seltzer until his death in 2005, she is mother of four and grandmother of four.
Seltzerís work has appeared in many literary journals and anthologies including The Village Voice, Hadassah Magazine, Waterways, The Maine Scholar, and When I Am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple. Some of her poems are set to music and some have been used as classroom texts. She has won prizes in several poetry competitions and also served as a contest judge.
Her first real poem, ďDreamland,Ē written at the age of seven and published the next year in Childrenís Playmate Magazine, brought praise at home, pen pals from afar, and accusations of plagiarism by several classmates. After that mixed experience, Seltzer had an on again, off again relationship with poetry until 1973 and her abrupt immersion into language as an alternative way of life. In addition to hundreds of poems, she has published short fiction, literary essays, and translations of French poetry. Seltzer's poem "I Sing the Shekinah's Praise" was selected as a runner-up in the latest Charlotte Newberger Poetry Competition and was published in the Summer 2010 issue of Lilith magazine. Her biography is listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who of American Women.
gratitude prayers, an anthology published in 2013 (June Cotner, editor; Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC) includes two of Seltzer's poems: "Dancing Toward the Source" and "Dear God".
The Widows' Handbook, an anthology published in 2014 (Jacqueline Lapidus and Lise Menn, editors, Kent State University Press), includes two of Seltzer's poems: "My Husband's Bones" and "Spring Fever". Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the foreword for the book.
Joanne Seltzerís reoccurring themes include nature and the environment, feminism, aspects of Jewish life, and spirituality as both process and destination.