Joanna Pearson
EVERY HUMAN LOVE: Stories (Acre Books, 2019)
"Pearson's stories are meticulously written, with layers that are incrementally and patiently revealed. Her voice nimbly creates a sense of strangeness and detachment without ever lapsing into coldness, providing a remarkable sense of continuity across a diverse array of characters and settings. At the heart of this collection are questions about how people can survive circumstances that demand hard choices without losing faith in everything in their lives up to that critical juncture. Intriguing and satisfying."--Kirkus Reviews

"Imaginative and haunting, Every Human Love is a masterful collection of short stories by Joanna Pearson, written with insight and empathy. . . there's a strength, a lucidity, and a brilliance that shimmers and enchants."--Foreword Reviews, starred review


Joanna Pearson grew up in the actual Livermush Capital of the World – Shelby, North Carolina – but thankfully she never had to compete in a Miss Livermush pageant! She received both her medical degree and a Master’s in Fine Arts from Johns Hopkins University, and is currently completing her residency in psychiatry in Baltimore, Maryland. Her poetry and essays have appeared in The New York Times “Modern Love” column, the Journal of the American Medical Association, StorySouth, and the Bellevue Literary Review, among other publications.