Joy Young is a spoken-word artist based in Phoenix, Ariz. Their work has been featured on Button Poetry, Everyday Feminism, and on stages and in classrooms across the country. Joy is the co-founder and editor of Prickly Pear Printing, a project dedicated to highlighting written and visual work that celebrates queer artists. Whether creating storytelling curriculum for restorative justice and community engagement projects, running workshops that explore identity and what it means to be human, or performing their own poetry and prose, Joy’s work seeks to cultivate strong personal narratives within a larger social justice context, which is why they were selected as the recipient of the 2018 Phoenix Mayor’s Arts Award for literary artist of the year. They believe our stories hold the key to creating understanding, connection, and making substantive change.