Joan Tapper has been in the publishing world for 40 years, bringing out the best work of the writers and photographers she has commissioned and edited.

She is a frequent contributor to Santa Barbara Magazine, Caribbean Travel & Life, 805 Living, and Hadassah and has been published in many other national publications.

She is the author of Craft Activism: People, Ideas, and Projects From the New Community of Handmade and How You Can Join In, with photographer Gale Zucker, a book of profiles and DIY projects published by PotterCraft in fall 2011. Their collaboration Shear Spirit: Ten Fiber Farms, Twenty Patterns, and Miles of Yarn, came out in 2008.

In 2010 her Old West on 5 Bits a Day, a tongue-in-cheek, time-travel guidebook, was published by Thames & Hudson.

With photographer Nik Wheeler, she has also produced three volumes in Thames & Hudson's popular Most Beautiful Villages and Towns series: on the Pacific Northwest (2010), on the Southwest (2009), and on California (2007).

She is also the author of the award-winning Island Dreams – Caribbean (Thames & Hudson, 2005) and the commemorative Caneel Bay: A Celebration of Fifty Years (Destination Media, 2006).

From 1988-2001 she was editor in chief of the award-winning Islands Magazine (serving also as editorial director of Islands Media from 1997). Before moving to Santa Barbara to take that position, she was founding editor of National Geographic Traveler (1983-1988), which was named Best Travel Magazine by the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) three times under her leadership.

Prior to establishing Traveler, she was a book editor at the National Geographic Society, specializing in large-format projects. She was also the founding editor of New Republic Books, in Washington, D.C., responsible for a small nonfiction list in politics, belles lettres, travel, and biography.

She received an M.A. in comparative literature from Harvard University after graduating from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in linguistics.



Craft Activism: People, Ideas, and Projects From the New Community of Handmade and How You Can Join In was named one of the best craft books of 2011 by Amazon.com.

Island Dreams - Caribbean won the Gold Award for Best Travel Book in the 2006 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition, sponsored by SATW.

Joan Tapper was named Journalist of the Year (1995) by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA).

She has assigned and edited numerous prizewinning magazine issues and stories recognized by the:
Western Publication Association ('Maggie") Awards (including Best Consumer Magazine)
PATA Gold Awards
SATW Lowell Thomas Awards
Canada's Northern Lights Award



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