Joy Gaines-Friedler

29046 Millbrook
Farmington Hills, MI 48334

Author's Bio

"Now, I have returned to burn my diaries..." Poetry, all writing can be transformative, perhaps in the same way reading can. My second full length collection Dutiful Heart speaks to what transforms us including, joy & sorrow. It speaks to the way the heart remains true to itself in the most trying of circumstances (the mother's decline into dementia, a community seeing more of it's options in the military than in civilian jobs, the memory of, and like, the "bullet blast through a cardinal" of domestic violence....)These things are what my poetry speaks to. I've done readings all over the U.S. I teach workshops for well established writers and for communities "at risk". Because writing or reading a poem is a transformative thing I bring it to the work I do with young adults, victims of abuse and even parents of murdered children. To ask someone to write three things they saw today, things as seemingly benign as a shoe in the road is to ask people to look a bit closer at their world. By looking closer, paying attention to what we see, we pay attention to ourselves.

Publications and Prizes

Dutiful Heart
(Broadkill River Press, 2013)
, Like Vapor
(Mayapple Press, 2008)
Bigger Than They Appear
(Accents Publishing, 2011)
, Poetry in Michigan in Poetry
(New Issues Press, 2013)
, The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry
(Bloomsbury USA, 2013)
2 Bridges Review, Albatross, Art & Understanding, Big Scream, Controlled Burn, Driftwood Review, Dunes Review, Hazmat Review, Lilliput Review, Litchfield Review, Margie, Natural Bridge, Paterson Literary Review, Pebble Lake Review, Poetica Magazine, Poetry Review, Rattle, San Pedro River Review, The Bear River Review, The Broadkill Review, The Jewish Journal, Montucky Review, The Sun, Writer's Digest
Prizes Won: 
The Litchfield Review Poetry Prize for a Series of Poems based on the journal of my friend Jim who died from AIDS. My work has been a finalist or Honorable Mention in many contests, including The Allen Ginsberg Poetry Prize, The Tom Howard Poetry Prize, The Marjorie J. Wilson Award for Excellence in Poetry, the Pushcart and more.

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Detroit, MI
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Last updated: Feb 25, 2018