Joyce Young


P. O. Box 5381
Berkeley, CA 94705-0381

Author's Bio

Joyce E. Young is the author of How it Happens (Nomadic Press, 2018). She writes poetry, essays and fiction. Her work has appeared most recently in  West Trestle Review, The Bloom, The San Francisco Public Library Poem of the Day, Essential Truths: The Bay Area in Color, Smith Alumnae Quarterly. Her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has been teaching writing for over 25 years in museums, community arts organizations, schools, colleges and universities. Her clients have included The Oakland Museum of Californa (OMCA), the Museum Educators Roundtable, and Write Now! SF Bay . She currently lives and writes in Berkeley, CA.

Publications & Prizes

Essential Truths: The Bay Area in Color (Pease Press Books, 2021)
New Poets of the American West (Many Voices Press, 2010)
Temba Tupu! (Walking Naked): The Africana Woman's Poetic Self-Portrait (, 2008)
Looking for Poetry (Berkeley Daily Planet, 2004)
Ghazal of Current Events (Her Mark Datebook, 2003)
Intimacy (University of California Blue & Gold, 2000)
the word volume I CD (Akashic Records, 1999)
Skin Deep: Women Writing on Color, Culture and Identitfy (Crossing Press, 1994)
How it Happens (Nomadic Press, 2018)
Ancestor Poem (Institute for Social Justice and Education, 2003)
A Wise Woman's Garden
Milvia Street
San Francisco Bay Guardian
Squaw Review
Voices in Wartime
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Writing for Our Lives
Prizes won: 

California Arts Council Artist-in-Communities

Woman in the Moon Poetry Prize

Fellowships to the Community of Writers, VONA, The Bay Area Writer's Workshop

Residencies at Hedgebrook, Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Soapstone.

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Lucille Clifton, Joy Harjo, Tiana Clark, Jaquira Diaz, Jericho Brown, Sharon Olds, Brenda Hillman, David Mura, Rita Dove, Roxane Gay, Mary Oliver, Jesmyn Ward, Patricia Smith
What I'm reading now: 
The Tradition by Jericho Brown, Dear Memory by Victoria Chang, World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Upstream by Mary Oliver, The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr, A Handful of Earth a Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia E. Butler by Lynell George, A Nail the Evening Hangs On by Monica Sok

More Information

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African American, Feminist
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Born in: 
Brooklyn, NY
New York
Raised in: 
Brooklyn, NY
New York
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Last update: Apr 04, 2023