Joanne Dobson is a novelist, a retired Fordham University English Professor, and a long-time fiction teacher and workshop leader at HVWC. Her most recent book is The Kashmiri Shawl, a historical novel published in 2014. Author of the Professor Karen Pelletier mystery series, she has, co-authored, with Bev Myers, Face of the Enemy, a novel set in WWII New York City. The Hudson Valley Writers Center honored her as writer, teacher, and scholar at their benefit gala in 2014.