Poetry. African & African American Studies. California Interest. HOW IT HAPPENS explores the world with eyes wide open and a willingness to engage “the light and dark of it all” while inviting the reader to imagine life as a black woman in today’s America. Young’s debut collection unfolds in its own sweet time—from intimate portraits to mystical incantations, while examining the multifaceted and resilient lyric “I” at the center of life’s contradictory forces—birth and death, desire and anger, memory and loss, resistance and acceptance.
Joyce E. Young wears many hats: writer, teacher, daughter, sister, witness, rabblerouser, mentor, dancer, thinker, observer, activist, advocate, critic, and then some. She works to find a way through. She has been bringing poetry to classrooms, museums, bars, bookstores, afterschool programs, colleges, and streets for well over 20 years. She has been a Writers on Site fellow at The Oakland Museum and Oakland Public Library, a VONA Fellow, a member of Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, and writer in residence at Hedgebrook and Vermont Studio Center. She is a martial artist, yogini, and dancer. In addition to poetry, she writes fiction and non-fiction. Writing has been a life sustaining path; one that she continues to walk.
Author City: OAKLAND, CA USA