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Joy Katz, Author of The Garden Room

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Joy Katz 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 poetry.

Honors for her writing include a 2011 NEA fellowship, a Stegner fellowship, and the Nadya Aisenberg fellowship at the MacDowell Colony. Her poems are anthologized in two issues of The Best American Poetry; recent poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Notre Dame Review, Ploughshares, Cincinnati Review, and elsewhere. She has written essays and criticism for The New York Times Book Review, The Village Voice, the Poetry Foundation web site, and Glamour.

She has taught literature and poetry at The New School and NYU and currently teaches in the graduate writing program at the University of Pittsburgh and in the low-residency and on-the-ground programs at Chatham University. She is an editor-at-large for Pleiades.

She lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and young son.


The Garden Room won the 2005 Tupelo Press Snowbound Chapbook Prize, and was also a runner-up for the 2005 Center for Book Arts chapbook prize.

Her first book, Fabulae, was a finalist for the ForeWord Book of the Year and the Colorado Prize.


Read Haines Eason's interview with Joy Katz in Arch Literary Journal, where she discusses The Garden Room at length.
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