photo by Tom Hawkins
Joy Russell was born in Belize and raised in Alberta and B.C. She is a poet, playwright and writer. Her writing has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2008, Canadian Literature, The Capilano Review, Crab Orchard Review, Bluesprint: Black British Columbian Literature and Orature, IC3: The Penguin Book of New Black Writing in Britain and Beyond the Pale: Dramatic Writing from First Nations Writers and Writers of Colour. Her first play, Days of Old, is a site-specific PodPlay focused on Hogan’s Alley, the location of Vancouver’s first black community, and was part of PodPlays 125 (Neworld Theatre and PTC) for Vancouver’s 125th anniversary events. She lived in London, England for many years where she played in the Afro-Brazilian band, Afro-Bloco, worked in community arts, and as an assistant producer and researcher for television documentaries such as American Master’s Rebel Music: The Bob Marley Story, Pump Up The Volume, a history of house music, and BAFTA-nominated, The Hip Hop Years. She currently lives in North Vancouver.
Poem, “Drown,” Canadian Literature, Issue 213 (Summer 2012)
Poem, “Survivor,” Canadian Literature, Issue 213 (Summer 2012)