Joanna L. Mullins is an independent consultant with a diverse range of skills, especially in editing and writing. Her clients include advertising copy writers, an architectural firm, a modern dance company, and academic authors and publishers.
A graduate of the University of Virginia (B.A., history) and the University of Sussex in Falmer, UK (M.A., 20th Century Literature and Theory), she taught literature and communications as an adjunct instructor with Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey between 2002 and 2007. Teachers learn at least as much as they impart, and in that period she developed keener awareness of the challenges in cross-cultural communication in an increasingly interconnected global business environment. Her emphasis is always on “digging deeper” in our reaction-driven, short-attention-span world.
Over 16 years of professional editiong and 9 years’ experience with dancers guide Joanna’s understanding that small things matter – that to understand why things happen, it’s necessary to step further into situations and get at the details. We all have opinions, but when we rely on gut reaction and crowdspeak to guide us, we miss the nuances that open onto what’s really going on with people, with national and international events, with conflicts and celebrations. Understanding changes us, and that can be a scary thing to face. But details also help diminish that fear. Details are concrete.
Joanna currently maintains her home and principal office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, managing her client load and seeking expressive opportunities here and through other media. She tries to travel annually to Scandinavia, and she has been teaching herself Norwegian for several years (and seems to have picked up more Swedish by doing so). Since 2010, she has also revived her lifelong interest in photography, which is becoming a greater portion of her pursuits.
You can contact her at jlm(at)connectivevisions(dot)com.