Joy Katz is an American poet, essayist, and social practice artist. Her recent full-length collection is All You Do is Perceive, a National Poetry Series finalist and a Stahlecker Selection at Four Way Books (2013). She is also the author of The Garden Room (Tupelo, 2006), Fabulae (SIU, 2002), and a chapbook, Which From That Time (Argos 2013). With Kevin Prufer, she co-edited the acclaimed anthology Dark Horses: Poets on Overlooked Poems (University of Illinois, 2007).
In 2015, she co-founded the activist art collective Ifyoureallyloveme with theatre director and humanitarian activist Cynthia Croot.
Katz was educated at Ohio State, Washington University in St. Louis, and Stanford. She worked in the field of industrial design and as an art director before starting to write poems.
Honors for her work include grants from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, the Heinz Foundation, and the NEA; a Pushcart prize, a Wallace Stegner fellowship, and the Nadya Aisenberg fellowship at the MacDowell Colony. Her work is anthologized in three volumes of The Best American Poetry, among other places, and appears in American Poetry Review, Gulf Coast, Notre Dame Review, Ploughshares, Cincinnati Review, and elsewhere. Her prose has appeared in The New York Times Book Review and The Village Voice.
She teaches in the graduate writing program at Chatham University, the English department at Saint Vincent College, and in Carlow University’s Madwomen in the Attic workshops. She is an editor-at-large for Copper Nickel.
She lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and young son.