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Chatham University

Creative Writing (MFA) Faculty and Staff

Joy Katz

Joy Katz

Hometown : New York, NY
Joined Chatham : 2010

Academic Areas of Interest

Poetry; Lyric Essays

Personal Areas of Interest

Industrial design, midcentury design and furniture, flamenco


Joy Katz recently relocated to Pittsburgh from New York. She is editor-at-large for the journal Pleiades and has taught literature and undergraduate and graduate poetry workshops at Stanford, NYU, The New School, Washington University in St Louis, and University of Missouri-St Louis. Her poetry collections are The Garden Room and Fabulae; she also co-edited the recent anthology Dark Horses: Poets on Lost Poems. Her poems, reviews, and essays have appeared in The Best American Poetry, Notre Dame Review, Fence, Colorado Review, Bomb, Court Green, Seneca Review, and the New York Times Book Review, among other places. Her honors include a Stegner fellowship at Stanford University.


  • MFA, Washington University in St Louis, 1996
  • BS in Industrial Design, Ohio State University, 1985


  • Dark Horses: Poets on Overlooked Poems. University of Illinois, 2008. (essays and poems; co-editor)
  • The Garden Room. Tupelo Press, 2005. (poems)
  • Fabulae. Southern Illinois University Press, 2002. (poems)


  • 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow
  • Distinguished Visiting Writer, Wichita State University, 2010
  • Blue Mountain Center fellow, 2009, 2004, 1998
  • Tupelo Press Snowbound Series chapbook prize, 2005
  • Center for Book Arts chapbook prize, honorable mention, 2005
  • The MacDowell Colony: Nadya Aisenberg fellow, 1999
  • Wallace Stegner fellow, 1996


  • Association of Writers and Writing Programs