Joan Beesley was born in Brooklyn, New York. A former English teacher and Telecommunications Manager, Joan worked on her Ph.D. in English at The University of Denver after a stint at Time-Life Books in New York.
She authored “Poems Along the Path,” a compilation of poems Joan wrote in a journal she kept during her daughter’s bone marrow transplant at UCLA in 1988. The journal resulted in her book Hothouse Flowers: “I Just Wanted to be Here When you Called My Name,” a novel about pediatric cancer survival. Joan has published a second poetry collection, “Lot’s Wife” and “Witchbox, A Collection of Short Stories”.
Her most recent work is an autobiography/biographical historic novel called “Forty Shades of Green: The Junkman of Brooklyn”. This is the compelling story of an immigrant who arrived from Ireland in 1854 at age 3 with nothing, rising from “Junkman” to industrial millionaire.