Joke Hermsen is a Dutch writer and philosopher. She has published six novels, among which Het dameoffer (1998), the story of a daughter looking for her lost parents, Tweeduister (2001), a historical novel on the Bloomsburygroup, (Virginia Woolf and Vivienne & T.S. Eliot) and De profielschets (2004), a campus novel and satire on academic philosophical life. Her novel De liefde dus (2008), on the 18th century writer and philosopher Belle van Zuylen, was awarded the Halewijn Literature Prize 2008 and was nominated for the Libris Literature Prize 2009. Her latest novel Rivieren keren nooit terug, on loss, time and memory, was published in 2018.
She has also published several collections of essays.
Heimwee naar de mens (2004), a collection of essays on art, literature and philosophy, made the shortlist for the best philosophical book of the year. In November 2009, her book about time, Stil de tijd, Pleidooi voor een langzame toekomst was published by the Arbeiderspers. It includes essays on Henri Bergson, Ernst Bloch, Hannah Arendt, Mark Rothko, Simeon Ten Holt, Virginia Woolf and Marcel Proust.
She then published the essay Windstilte van de ziel (2010), and two collections of essays Kairos. Een nieuwe bevlogenheid (2014) and Melancholie van de onrust (2017),
Her latest essay Het tij keren about Rosa Luxemburg and Hannah Arendt was published in 2019.