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Joy Katz is the author of All You Do is Perceive, a National Poetry Series finalist and a Stahlecker Series Selection at Four Way Books (2013). Her other two poetry collections are The Garden Room (Tupelo, 2006: winner of the Snowbound Series prize) and Fabulae (Southern Illinois University press, 2002: winner of the Crab Orchard Award). She also is co-editor of the acclaimed anthology Dark Horses: Poets on Overlooked Poems (University of Illinois, 2007).
She was educated at Ohio State, Washington University in St. Louis, and Stanford. Trained in industrial design, she worked as a graphic designer before starting to write poems.
Honors for her writing include a 2013 Pittsburgh Foundation grant, an NEA fellowship, a Pushcart prize, a 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 such journals as 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 was recently the visiting writer at the University of Pittsburgh and has taught literature and poetry at The New School and NYU. Currently 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 Pleiades.
She lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and young son.