Joy Katz is an American poet and writer. Her work in progress, White: An Abstract, documents every minute of whiteness in her life. She has three poetry collections—All You Do is Perceive, a National Poetry Series finalist and a Stahlecker Selection at Four Way Books, The Garden Room (Tupelo), and Fabulae (SIU)—plus a chapbook, Which From That Time (Argos Books). With Kevin Prufer, she co-edited the anthology Dark Horses: Poets on Overlooked Poems (University of Illinois).
In 2015, she co-founded the activist art collective Ifyoureallyloveme with theater director and humanitarian activist Cynthia Croot. Artists in the collaborative use word, music, and performance, combined with pro-beauty and anti-racist strategies, to create art in Pittsburgh and other cities.
Katz studied at Ohio State, Washington University in St. Louis, and Stanford. Trained in industrial design, she worked as a designer before starting to write.
She has received grants from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, the Heinz Foundation, and the NEA, as well as a Wallace Stegner fellowship.
She teaches in Carlow University’s Madwomen in the Attic workshops and in Chatham University’s MFA program and is an editor-at-large for Copper Nickel.
She lives in Pittsburgh.