JP Howard


Author's Bio

JP Howard’s debut poetry collection, SAY/MIRROR (The Operating System), was a 2016 Lambda Literary finalist. She is also the author of bury your love poems here (Belladonna*) and co-editor of Sinister Wisdom Black Lesbians--We Are the Revolution! (2018) JP is a featured author in Lambda Literary’s LGBTQ Writers in Schools program. She was a 2017 Split this Rock Freedom Plow Award for Poetry & Activism finalist and is featured in the 2017 Lesbian Poet Trading Card Series from Headmistress Press. JP was the recipient of a 2016 Lambda Literary Judith A. Markowitz Emerging Writer Award and has received fellowships and grants from Cave Canem, VONA, Lambda, Astraea and Brooklyn Arts Council. JP curates Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon, a NY-based forum offering all writers, but especially women and LGBTQ POC and ally writers, a monthly venue to collaborate. The Brooklyn-based portion of the Salon has been the recipient of Brooklyn Arts Council Grants from 2014 through 2019. JP is an Editor-at-Large at Mom Egg Review VOX online. JP’s poetry and essays have appeared in Academy of American Poets poem-a-day series, Anomaly, Apogee Journal, The Feminist Wire, Split this Rock, Muzzle Magazine, and The Best American Poetry Blog. JP has facilitated writing workshops for The City College of New York, Brooklyn Community Pride Center, Apogee Journal, Brooklyn Poets and Black Lesbian DIY Fest, Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon, Baltimore City Community College, Lost Lit amongst other organizations and educational institutions. JP holds a BA from Barnard College, an MFA in Creative Writing from The City College of New York and a JD from Brooklyn Law School. Visit her online:

Publications & Prizes

Furious Flower Seeding the Future of African American Poetry (Northwestern University Press, 2019)
Soul Sister Revue: A Poetry Compilation (Jamii Publishing, 2019)
Black Lesbians--We Are The Revolution! (co-editor) (Sinister Wisdom Multicultural Journal, 2018)
Nepantla : an anthology for queer poets of color (Nightboat Books, 2018)
Reading Queer: Poetry In A Time of Chaos (Anhinga Press, 2018)
The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 2 Black Girl Magic (Haymarket Books, 2018)
Brooklyn Poets Anthology (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2017)
Happy Hours--Our Lives in the Gay Bars (Flashpoint Productions, 2017)
Cave Canem Anthology XII (Willow Books, 2012)
SAY/MIRROR (2nd expanded edition) (Operating System, 2016)
bury your love poems here (Belladonna Books, 2015)
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The Feminist Wire
Prizes won: 
  • Lambda Literary Award Finalist for Say/Mirror (JP's debut poetry collection) 
  • Selected as 2019 author in Lambda Literary's LGBTQ Writers in Schools Program
  • Cave Canem Graduate Fellow
  • 2017 Split this Rock Freedom Plow Award for Poetry & Activism finalist
  •  2016 Lambda Literary Judith A. Markowitz Emerging Writer Award Winner
  • VONA/Voices Workshop Alum (Poetry, 2014)
  • Lambda Literary Foundation Emerging LGBT Voices Fellowship
  • Cave Canem Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellow in Residence
  • Finalist in the poetry category by the Lesbian Writer's Fund of Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
  • Soul Mountain Retreat writing residency
  • Recipient of Brooklyn Arts Council grants on behalf of Women Writers Bloom Poetry Salon ~ 2014 through 2019

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African American
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New York, NY
New York
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Sugar Hill, Harlem, NY
New York
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Last update: Jan 09, 2020