- Author of *"Lord I'm Dancin' ...As Fast As I Can" (2000) (2nd printing in 2003) and the upcoming “My Soul Shouts Out Loud.” (2006)
- Hosts “Verse, Vibes, & Bites” a monthly (3rd Thursdays, 7-9pm) poetry soiree that includes featured poets, music (Doc Powell on Djembe drum) & open mic. Sets take place at Barnes & Noble bookstore (downtown DC location) where Sistah Joy is Poet-in-residence. Verse, Vibes & Bites sets are sometimes recorded for airing on cable TV.
- Hosts and co-produces (with CTV) “Sojourn With Words,” a cable television-based poetry program recorded in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The program, which features artist interviews, poetry readings/presentations and coverage of live community based poetry events, will be recorded at CTV (Comcast Ch 76 in Prince George’s County) studios in Largo, The Sojourner Truth Lecture Hall (Oxon Hill Library), Caravan Books, and other County-based locations.
- Minister of Poetry & founding member of Anointed PENS (Poets Empowered to Nurture Souls) at Ebenezer A.M.E. Church in Fort Washington, MD, where Poetry Ministry services, programs and “open mics” (The Overflow) are presented on a quarterly schedule.
- Founder of Collective Voices, a sisterhood of African-American poets that came together in Washington, DC in 1996. The group addresses socially relevant issues and challenges of today with messages of individual empowerment, inspiration and love. Collective Voices presents "Poetry Extravaganza", an annual free-to-the-community, mid-day literary tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library to help ensure that the voices and messages of Washington area artists are heard. To date, nine Extravaganzas, featuring over two-hundred artists and artisans, have been presented. *Mark your calendar now as a reminder to come out on Saturday, January 14, 2006.
- Recipient of the Washington, DC Poet Laureate Special Award 2002 as “Founder” of Collective Voices “for her outstanding contributions to the art of poetry in Washington, DC.” Sistah Joy has been commissioned to write tributes to U. S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D.-NY) and U.S. Congressman John Conyers.
- Sistah Joy made her international debut with her group, Collective Voices, in London, England in March 1997 at the International Sister-to-Sister Women’s Conference.
- Sistah Joy conducts poetry workshops at schools, churches and regularly appears throughout the (Washington metropolitan) community. Speaking and presenting at schools, churches, etc…with a focus on youth, spirituality and societal issues, she is known for political poetry of conscience. Sistah Joy has been featured 3 times on WHUT (Howard University Television) “Evening Exchange,” most recently April, 2004 as special guest in recognition of National Poetry Month. …Featured numerous times on radio and TV including C-SPAN (international coverage).
- Served as Poetry Editor of African-American literary magazine, ACE-Dialogue during its 5 year run. The magazine's mission was to promote the creative contributions of African-American writers and visual artists.
- Profiled in the Washington Post (2005) (see article)
- Profiled in Gazette Newspapers (2003) for activism and contributions to the community (see article)
Sistah Joy’s book, Lord I’m Dancin’ As Fast As I Can is available on-line www.Thelemaque.com, Amazon.com, and at (Barnes & Noble, Caravan Books & Karibu book stores.
Sistah Joy is available for your event. Her contact information is:
Phone: 202.246.0111 – Email: Poetsistahjoy@aol.com
Mail: P. O. Box 44353, Washington, DC 20026