Joy Priest
2018 Gregory Pardlo Fellow

2018 Gregory Pardlo Fellow Joy Priest

Meet Joy Priest

Joy Priest grew up in Louisville, Kentucky across the street from the world’s most famous horse racing track. She is the recipient of the 2016 Hurston/Wright Foundation’s College Writers’ Award, and has received support from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Fine Arts Works Center in Provincetown. Formerly an associate poetry editor at Narrative Magazine and a senior editor at Yemassee Journal, Joy is currently an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of South Carolina. Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous publications including Blackbird, Callaloo, Drunken Boat, espnW, Third Coast, and the anthologies Best New Poets 2014, Best New Poets 2016, and The Breakbeat Poets.

On Being Named the 2018 Gregory Pardlo Fellow

“I have been made electric by the news that I am the 2018 Gregory Pardlo fellow at The Frost Place. I have a hummingbird’s heartbeat! I am honored to be in the company of the previous poets who’ve been named fellows; to be the first woman recipient; and, of course, to be associated with such a brilliant mind in American Letters. I have such admiration for this poet who, like me, is dedicated to writing about his Black father—in this America—with care, complexity, and veritas. I look forward to meeting my fellow workshop members and working with The Frost Place faculty to honor the resources this opportunity affords me for my own writing.”

A Poem by Joy Priest

Click here to read “My Father Teaches Me How to Handle a Pistol” by Joy Priest.

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