who I am

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who I am

I’m Joanne Barker and I’ve written about health for more than 20 years, most recently for Tufts University and the MGH Institute of Health Professions. I’ve written for low-literacy audiences, healthcare executives, concerned parents, and a lot of other people as well.

I graduated from Colorado College with honors in English and a host of pre-digital war stories from the basement office of the school newspaper. Ten years later, I earned an MS in Health Communication from the Tufts University School of Medicine. In addition to a visit to the anatomy lab, I got to learn about what works and doesn’t work when communicating about health.

Creative Nonfiction

Imminent Hipness, Published in Topography Magazine, Winter-2015

The Shoes We Wore, Boston Magazine, 2013

If I’m not writing, I’m usually out swimming, rowing, cross-country skiing, or gardening.