Joni Marie Iraci


Joni Marie Iraci is a retired Registered Nurse who raised three children before returning to college in her late fifties to pursue a life-long dream of becoming a writer. She earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies with a concentration in writing and literature from Sarah Lawrence College before earning an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University at the age of 65. Her short stories can be found in the online literary journals: and She is currently working on a collection of short stories about writers and a novel called The Vatican Daughter. She was delighted to discuss her incarnation as a writer and the joys and angst of attending college in her later years in a speech at the Rotary Club in Rye, New York. She lives in New York with her husband, two catered-to dogs, a diva cat and four lovable stray cats who wandered into her life. “Reinventing Jenna Rose” is her first novel. Her current website is