Joy Young is a performance and teaching spoken word artist based in Phoenix, Az. Their poetry and workshops, much of which centers on transgressing borders, entering topics pertaining to social justice through poetic personal narratives has been featured on Button Poetry and Everyday Feminism as well as on stages and in colleges and classrooms across the country. Joy is a co-founder of Off the Page-- a monthly recurring workshop and open mic at Wasted Ink Zine Distro that seeks to build connection and community within Phoenix's diverse literary and performance communities. Additionally, Joy is an editorial board member for Rinky Dink Press. Joy's work seeks to cultivate strong personal narratives within a larger social justice context. They believe these personal narratives should be a driving force for healing ourselves and the world around us— that they are a doorway through which we should consciously enter the world of social justice in hopes of creating understanding, connection and making substantive change.


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