Joy Katz is a poet, essayist, and socially engaged artist. She is the author, most recently, of All You Do is Perceive, a National Poetry Series finalist and a Stahlecker Selection at Four Way Books (2013). Her other poetry collections are The Garden Room (Tupelo, 2006) and Fabulae (SIU, 2002). With Kevin Prufer, she is co-editor of the acclaimed anthology Dark Horses: Poets on Overlooked Poems (University of Illinois, 2007).
She is co-founder, with theatre director and humanitarian activist Cynthia Croot, of the activist art collective Ifyoureallyloveme.
Originally trained in industrial design, Katz was educated at Ohio State, Washington University in St. Louis, and Stanford. She worked as a designer and art director before starting to write poems.
Honors for her work include grants from the Heinz Foundation and the NEA, a Pushcart prize, a Wallace Stegner fellowship, and the Nadya Aisenberg fellowship at the MacDowell Colony. Her poems are anthologized in three volumes of The Best American Poetry, among other places, and appear 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 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.