Joanne Olivieri was born and raised and currently resides in San Francisco, California. At age ten, her mother bought Joanne her first book of poetry called Speak Nature by James Walker, which was a series of nature poems in traditional rhyme and meter. She fell in love with poetry after reading this book and took it everywhere with her. She remembers sitting in a civics class in the 7th grade, bored to tears, when she penned her first poem entitled "One." She's been writing ever since. With no formal training as a writer, other than a creative writing class in high school, Joanne learned her craft the old fashioned way, by reading. She comments, "You cannot be a poet without reading poetry every single day - read anything and everything poetic you can find." She applauds Longfellow, Poe, Byron, Marlowe, Keats, Plath, and Angelou as a few of her many favorites. In her newly released chapbook, Red Lanterns, published by Shadows Ink Publications she writes a modern day free verse tribute to Longfellow's poem "The Day Is Done."
After an impromptu vacation in Hong Kong visiting her friend jazz recording artist Sony Holland, for whom Joanne works as a personal assistant, she returned back home completely inspired by her journey, and as she puts it, "the creative flow was definitely flowing for over two months. I simply could not stop writing." The result? Red Lanterns was born.
Joanne derives her inspiration from nature, music, cultural diversity, and anything that profoundly touches her spirit. Joanne’s passion for poetry prompted her, in memory of her mother, to create Ya’Sou! Online Magazine as a showcase for poets, writers, photographers and artists to display their work and find a home for their creative talents. Ya’Sou! is from the Greek language meaning "To Yours," and is used as a toast to celebrate special occasions. As Joanne explains, "Ya’Sou! is my way of giving back to the community, doing what I love to do and paying tribute to my Greek heritage and to my Mom who always encouraged my writing."
Joanne has been writing for over 30 years. Her poetry has been published in various print and online publications such as The San Diego Arts and Poets Magazine, Shadows Ink Chapbook: Series 2, Volume 3, SP Quill Magazine, SoMa Literary Review, EMD Online Magazine - New York, Things Asian Online Travel Website, Muses Review, Oysters & Chocolate, Empowered Woman, Pink Mouse Online, Cracked Lenses, Obscure, Emotions Literary Magazine, Joel's House Publications, Nomad's Choir, Nocturnal Lyric, Westward Quarterly, Full Moon, Free Focus, The Lamp Post, Adoration, Silver Wings, Pablo Lennis, Parnassus Literary Journal, The Long Dark Winnebago of the Soul Press, BareBack Magazine RTH and many more. Three of her stories have been published on the Actual Stories website in September 2006. Her photography and article, "French Fries and Ice Cream" were published in Tango Diva - June 2005.Her poetry has appeared in several anthologies to include A Search of the Soul Vol. II, Beyond These Charted Realms and Explorer 2000. She received the Angel Light Award from Explorer Magazine in 1996 for her poem "Music". November 2005 Joanne received the "You've Been Spotted" Award by Shadow Poetry for outstanding poetic excellence. Her poems "Aberdeen Fishing Village" - "New Year's Day In Kowloon" and "Angeline" have been nominated for Best Poem of the Year 2005 by Muses Review with her poem "Angeline" being named Poem of The Month October by Muses Review. All three poems appear within the pages of her latest chapbook - Red Lanterns. Joanne was the Featured Poet for January 2006 in SP Quill Magazine and appeared as Featured Author on the Shadow Poetry Bookstore page for January through March 2006. She was also named as Author of the Week by Muses Review for the period of April 9th through April 15, 2006. Joanne's chapbook Red Lanterns appeared on the Shadow Poetry Top Ten Bestseller List for the period January through April 2006 and November 2006 through January 2007. She will be featured in the debut issue of Pink Mouse Online details to follow. Her poetry also appears in the India based Magazine The Eternity.
Joanne is a member of The Online International Library of Contemporary Poets and The World Poets Society.Joanne wrote a regular monthly feature column titled "My Ode" for RainTiger magazine. Her travel articles and tips have been chosen for inclusion in the VirtualTourist's soon to be released San Francisco Travel Guide. Details coming soon.Red Lanterns has just been named Poetry Chapbook of the Year 2005 by Muses Review. Her poem "Symphony Of Lights" which appears in her debut chapbook Red Lanterns was selected as one of the 300 short listed entries in the Cathay Pacific Airways contest 100 Reasons We Love Hong Kong. As a result she was awarded a roundtrip ticket to Hong Kong for her winning entry.