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Joy Priest

Joy Priest is the author of Horsepower (Pitt Poetry Series, 2020), winner of the Donald Hall Prize for Poetry. She is the recipient of a 2021 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a 2019–2020 Fine Arts Work Center fellowship, and the Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize from The American Poetry Review. Her poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series, The Atlantic and The Nation, among others, as well as in commissions for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). She is the editor of Once a City Said: A Louisville Poets Anthology, forthcoming from Sarabande Books in 2023.

Spring 2023

The Black Outside

By Joy Priest

The enclosure is so brutal.  — Saidiya Hartman The jazz, it puts you on a swing in your project neighborhood. Where you learned the antithesis of ownership. Where you learned to […]

Spring 2023

Redemption

By Joy Priest

After Killer of Sheep by Charles Burnett Across the street, the Atlantic is draining from the harbor. The aquatic pulse of the twelve million going back. A voice washes into […]