Joan Brooks (she/they, она/оно) is a writer, teacher, and translator based in Pittsburgh, PA. Having lived and worked much of her life in the former Soviet Union — primarily in St. Petersburg, Russia — Brooks maintains a bicultural practice that includes autoethnographic stories and essays, bilingual poetry, translations of leftist and queer-feminist russophone poetry, experiments in therapeutic trans-pornography, spiritual mathematics, pushkinistika, and rock-operas.

Brooks is currently reviving her teaching practice, preparing lectures on literature, philosophy, and culture for students in the former Soviet Union and across the world.