Joan Mellen is a professor of English and creative writing at Temple University in Philadelphia. She is the author of twenty books, ranging from film criticism to fiction, sports, true crime, Latin American studies and biography.
She has written for a variety of publications such as the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. She has also lectured widely at universities and symposiums. In 2004, she was awarded one of Temple University’s coveted Great Teacher Awards for outstanding achievement.