Joanna Scott
Contributor History

Joanna Scott
Joanna Scott is the author of thirteen books, including the novels Arrogance (Simon & Schuster), The Manikin (Henry Holt), and Careers for Women (Little, Brown), and three collections of short fiction, Excuse Me While I Disappear (forthcoming from Little, Brown in April, 2021), Various Antidotes (Henry Holt), and Everybody Loves Somebody (Back Bay). She is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.



In Print

Vol. 75
Dispatches from Solitude
Fall 2020
Edited by Bradford Morrow


January 19, 2021
. . . a well-perfumed friend, wise both
in the olfactory and in love, taught me
to spray with economy, to wear scent
as a private pleasure, evident only to
a lover in kissing distance.

January 11, 2021
One’s opportunities to be unhappy are

Unlimited.     Or limited, but only by

One’s own imagination, which is powerful

But fragile, is defenseless,     but is limited

Only by things unseen.     As Bark Psychosis did it
January 4, 2021
As life encroaches on the dreaming
bedpost, you remember

a chip of ice you found in river
sludge, its sheen a mute witness

to increments of change
as lens and pure belief.