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