Joy Gaines-Friedler


29046 Millbrook
Farmington, 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 & Prizes

Poetry in Michigan in Poetry (New Issues Press, 2013)
The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry (Bloomsbury USA, 2013)
Bigger Than They Appear (Accents Publishing, 2011)
Dutiful Heart (Broadkill River Press, 2013)
Like Vapor (Mayapple Press, 2008)
2 Bridges Review
Art & Understanding
Big Scream
Controlled Burn
Driftwood Review
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Hazmat Review
Lilliput Review
Litchfield Review
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Pebble Lake Review
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Poetry Review
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The Bear River Review
The Broadkill Review
The Jewish Journal
Writer's Digest
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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 update: Feb 25, 2018