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JoAnn Michel


  1. B.A. – French Language and Literature | Washington and Lee University 2018


JoAnn is a first year Master’s student from Northern Virginia. Born to Haitian immigrants and raised within arm’s reach of the nation’s capital, she recognized the importance of her unique culture and embraced layered, complex diversity as a way of life. Before attending Penn State, she spent an academic year teaching English in Bordeaux, France with the US Embassy’s TAPIF program. While completing her B.A at W&L, she developed specific, personal interests in both creative writing (fiction/nonfiction) and WGSS. Using each skill-set to cultivate the other, she has begun to build an academic interest in writing as self-representation for underrepresented groups, various topics of postcolonial feminism for women of color, and identity within the Francophone diaspora.