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About - Joanna Margaret

Joanna Margaret is a graduate of Columbia University with a BA in French and History.

She holds a PhD in 16th Century history from the University of St Andrews, Scotland. While living in the UK, she taught history at the University of Dundee and the University of St Andrews, and worked as a private tutor. Joanna has conducted research in public and private archives in the US, Italy, and France, and has taught archival studies to undergraduates. She speaks fluent French and Italian, and has lived in St Andrews, Paris, and Florence. Joanna holds an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University, and received a scholarship to the NY State Summer Writers Institute in 2019. 

Joanna Margaret’s short fiction, poetry, and articles have been published in a variety of literary and academic journals. 

Her debut novel, The Bequest, is published by Scarlet in 2022. The Bequest follows a group of young scholars in Europe, as they unravel a five hundred year-old mystery with eerie repercussions in the present.

Joanna Margaret lives and works in New York City.  

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