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Joyce Young's Biography

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Berkeley, CA
Apr 2009

Joyce E. Young currently lives and writes in Berkeley, California. She has performed at venues as diverse as The M.H. de Young Museum, Intersection for the Arts, La Peña Cultural Center, Art & Soul Oakland, and Smith College, just to name a few. She has taught with California Poets in the Schools, The Museum of Children's Art, The Oakland Museum of California, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and Youth Speaks. She was an English teacher for Mills College TRIO Programs for 3 years. She is founder and facilitator of the Write in Peace workshops. She has received grants from the California Arts Council and the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation. She was awarded a Writers on Site residency through Poets & Writers, Inc. and has also been awarded writing residencies at Hedgebrook, Soapstone and the Vermont Studio Center. Her work has appeared in New Poets of the American West, Temba Tupu!, Paint Dreams on Walls, Skin Deep: Women Writing on Color, Culture and Identity, The Squaw Review and elsewhere. She currently teaches at John F. Kennedy University and privately.


Lucille Clifton, Joy Harjo, Mary Oliver, Rita Dove, Sharon Olds, Patricia Smith, Kim Addonizio, Mirabai, Kabir, Miles Davis, Nancy Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Celia Cruz, Celeste Mendoza

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Interests & Hobbies

music, dance, yoga, reading, hiking, walking, meditation and prayer