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 Wordpeace and riverbabble. Her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has been teaching writing for over 20 years in museums, community arts organizations, schools, colleges and universities. She teaches privately and serves as a writing consultant at John F. Kennedy University. She currently lives and writes in Berkeley, CA.

Publications & Prizes

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
Writing for Our Lives
Prizes won: 

California Arts Council Artist-in-Communities

Woman in the Moon Poetry Prize

Fellowships to the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, 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, Roxane Gay, Tiana Clark, Jaquira Diaz, Jericho Brown, Ada Limon, Sharon Olds, Brenda Hillman, David Mura
What I'm reading now: 
The Shell Game by Kim Adrian, Editor, I Can't Talk About the Trees Without the Blood by Tiana Clark, Tell Me How it Ends by Valeria Luiselli, Thick by Tressie McMillan Cottom

More Information

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Identifies as: 
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: May 25, 2019