Joanna C. Valente is a human who lives in Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of Sirs & Madams (Aldrich Press, 2014), The Gods Are Dead (Deadly Chaps Press, 2015) Marys of the Sea (2016, ELJ Publications), and Xenos (2016, Agape Editions). She received her MFA in writing at Sarah Lawrence College, and in 2011, she was the recipient of the American Academy of Poet’s Prize. She is also the Founder & Chief Editor of the magazine, Yes, Poetry, as well as the Managing Editor for Luna Luna Magazine and Civil Coping Mechanisms.
Some of her work has appeared in Prelude, BUST, Brooklyn Poets, Columbia Journal, The Huffington Post, Tarpaulin Sky, The Feminist Wire, The Destroyer, and The Atlas Review among others.
Joanna completed her undergraduate degrees at SUNY Purchase College, where she received a B.A. in creative writing & a BA in literature. In the past, she directed the Sarah Lawrence College Poetry Festival & has been a featured performer at The New York City Poetry Festival, COUPLET, EARSHOT, & many more. She teaches courses at Brooklyn Poets and has been a featured speaker at various colleges. In her spare time, she is a mermaid.