A writer who pairs an artistic background with freelance pragmatism, Joly Herman has been working professionally in the media industry since 1998.
As head writer for Chevron’s educational website, she created compelling content for kids age 8 to 12 on a weekly basis. She has written feature articles for Media Magazine and interviewed leaders of the media industry for the “People Profile” column. Joly has worked as a television, movie, and book reviewer for Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization “dedicated to improving kids’ media lives,” since 2004.
As a poet who received an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan, Joly has published poetry in various small magazines and has won awards for her work. She has written a book of fiction for teens.
As a small business owner in San Francisco, Joly co-owned and operated a successful small business in the integrative health care industry from 2004 to 2008.
Recognizing a niche market in need of representation, Joly founded Solo Parent Magazine in 2014. Solo Parent Magazine is now a leading parenting magazine specializing in content for divorced, blended, widowed and solo-by-choice parents and their families. The online magazine features hundreds of articles written by professionals, as well as a podcast.
In 2017, Joly began using her business and media expertise to provide small business owners answers to big media questions. Joly Herman Creative LLC strives to make connecting with audiences and clients a positive, profitable possibility for businesses large and small.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 1993–1995
Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing
Horace Rackham Fellowship recipient
Taught Creative Writing EN 202, 1995
Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY 1988–1992
B.A., English Literature
Recipient of Elizabeth Luce Moore Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry
New York State Summer Writer’s Institute, Saratoga Springs, NY Summer, 1992
Studied under U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky
Fleishman Hillard, Public Relations Firm, Kansas City, MO 1992–1993
Full time internship in written media department of P.R. firm
Maria Montessori of the Golden Gate, San Francisco, CA 1996–1998
Primary School Teaching Certificate, M.A.C.T.E. recognized PAMS method
Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership 2001-2002
FastTrac program certificate
Founder, Joly Herman Creative, LLC, Kansas City, MO. 2017 to current
Founder, CEO, Editor-In-Chief, Solo Parent Magazine, Pasadena, CA. 2014 to current
Content Specialist, Thoughtful Health Care, Kansas City, MO. 2017 to current
Television, Movie and Book Reviewer, Common Sense Media, San Francisco, CA. 2004 to current
English Teacher, Staedtische Maria Montessori Gesamtschule, Meerbusch, Germany. 2011-2013
Co-Owner, C.O.O. Schizandra Health Center, San Francisco, CA. 2004–sold for profit in 2008
Feature and Byline Writer, Media Magazine, San Francisco & New York City. 1998-2004
Head Content Writer, Chevron Corporation “Treehouse” Website, San Francisco, CA. 1999-2001
Boards and Affiliations
Newhouse Domestic Violence Shelter, Board Member
Member, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
Member, The Author’s Guild
Member, University of Michigan Alumni Association