Joanne Godley is a physician, writer and poet who matriculated Stanford University's online Novel Writing Certification Program and completed a historical novel, Eating the Ox. This novel was ranked a finalist in Kimbilio's annual novel writing contest. The judge, writer Edwidge Dandicat, said this about EATING THE OX, "I was impressed by the way this novel attempts to tell the not often told story of African-Americans and Native Americans histories meeting up at this one particularly time. I learned quite a bit and grew fond of the characters. It is a well researched and well written book." She published essays and a book review in the American Journal of Bioethics and the Narrative Inquiry of Bioethics and wrote the chapter on Public Health Ethics in the Penn Center Guide to Bioethics. Her memoir, Bush meat, Polygamy and Coup D'etats, about her experiences as a Peace Corps doctor in Africa, was ranked finalist in the Sunshots Press Prose Contest and garnered honorable mentions in The Woman's National Book Association contest and the Deborah Tall Lyric Essay Book Prize. It was a finalist for the Kore Press Memoir contest. Her flash nonfiction has appeared in the Kenyon Review and her flash fiction in the blog series Mondays are Murder. Her poetry has appeared in a poetry anthology entitled 50/50, in Kosmos journal and in the blog, Poets Reading the News. She attended the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference and the Kenyon Writer's Workshop, as a nonfiction contributor. She received a 2020 Voice of color Poet-Author Fellowship from the the Martha's Vineyard Institute for Creative Writing. Her poetry chapbook, Picking Scabs from the Body History, will be published July 15th of this year. She is a member of the Women's Fiction Writers Association and the Author's Guild.