Joan Mowat Erikson was born in Canada; she earned her B.A. in Education at Columbia University and an M.A. in Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a teacher, writer, and craftsman and has worked with gold, silver, and precious stones. She is the author of a previous book, The Universal Bead. She is married to the noted psychoanalyst Erik H. Erikson.
"Joan Erikson speaks from her long experience as dancer, psychologist, craftswoman, and close observer of children... She has much to teach us about being young and about growing old. She is one of the wise grandmothers of our tribe." -- Stephen Mitchell "A lyrical and informative essay... [Erikson] offers the reader an irresistible invitation to a more holistic vision of what the full range of the imaginative life can include." -- Harvey Cox, Harvard University