Joy Priest


Author's Bio

Joy Priest is the author of HORSEPOWER (U. of Pittsburgh Press, 2020), winner of the 2019 Donald Hall Prize for Poetry from AWP. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in ESPN, Gulf Coast, Mississippi Review, The RumpusVirginia Quarterly Review, and Best New Poets 20142016, and 2019, among othersPriest is the winner of the 2019 Gearhart Poetry Prize from The Southeast Review, and the 2016 College Writers’ Award from the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation. She was the 2018 Gregory Pardlo Scholar at The Frost Place and is the recipient of fellowships and support from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Kentucky Arts Council, the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and the University of South Carolina, where she received her MFA in Poetry with a certificate in Women & Gender Studies. She has facilitated writing workshops with incarcerated juvenile and adult women, and has taught composition, rhetoric, comedy, and African American Arts & Culture at the university level. She is currently a 2019-2020 Fine Arts Work Center Fellow in Poetry.

Publications & Prizes

Prizes won: 

2019 Donald Hall Prize from AWP for debut collection HORSEPOWER | 2019-2020 Fine Arts Work Center Fellow in Poetry | 2019 Gearhart Prize from The Southeast Review | 2019 Nikki Giovanni Scholar at The Appalachian Writers' Workshop | 2018 Gregory Pardlo Scholar at The Frost Place | 2016 College Writers' Award from the Hurston/Wright Foundation | 2015 Emerging Artist Award from the Kentucky Arts Council | 2015 Summer Artist Residency from the Kentucky Foundation for Women

More Information

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Identifies as: 
African American
Prefers to work with: 
At Risk Youth, Incarcerated individuals, Schools, Teenagers
Born in: 
Louisville, KY
Raised in: 
Louisville, KY
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Last update: Jan 31, 2020