About me

Joanna Hoffman is a poet and teaching artist living in Brooklyn, New York. She’s available for poetry performances and workshops for writers of all experience levels.

Joanna has been on five National Poetry Slam (NPS) teams. In 2011, she represented Urbana at the 2011 Women of the World Poetry Slam (WOWPS), National Poetry Slam, and Individual World Poetry Slam, placing in the top 10 at all three. In 2012, she represented Louder Arts at WOWPS, placing 4th overall, and is the Grand Slam Champion for the 2012 Urbana team. She was the 2012 Champion of Capturing Fire, the queer international poetry competition.

Her full-length book of poetry, Running for Trap Doors (Sibling Rivalry Press) was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award and featured in the American Library Association’s list of recommended LGBT reading for 2014. In 2015, she was honored by the (Obama) White House as a Champion for Change for LGBTQ advocacy through art. Her work has appeared in The Harpoon Review, Upworthy, Buzzfeed, Winter Tangerine, decomP, PANK, The Offing, Union Station Magazine, The Legendary, Sinister Wisdom and in the Write Bloody Publishing anthologies We Will be Shelter and Multiverse.

Joanna has performed as a featured artist at festivals (Atlanta Queer Literary Festival, DC Youth Pride, Bradford Literary Festival), poetry venues (Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Wellington Poetry Slam, Cantab Poetry Lounge, Mother Tongue, Portland Slam, Seattle Slam, San Francisco Queer Open Mic), cultural institutions (Smithsonian Institute, Brooklyn Academy of Music, American Visionary Art Museum), colleges (San Diego State University, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Maryland Institute College of Art), and middle/high/secondary schools in the United Kingdom, Arizona, Atlanta, Maryland, and New York.

For listings and testimonials from workshop participants, please contact me.

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One thought on “About me

  1. Saw you in San Diego @SDSU. I’M A 75 YO GAY MAN MENTORING AN INT’L.STUDENT AT THE UNIVERSITY. YOUR WORDS RETURNED ME TO THE FEELINGS OF MY YOUTH AND I WAS GREATLY TOUCHED.
    YOUR JOURNEY IS ADMIRABLE AND REMARKABLE.
    STRAIGHT ON !!

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