Joy Howard


Joy Howard has been writing poetry for over 40 years. It was coming out as lesbian that set the ball rolling. Her collection Exit Moonshine charts the ups and downs of what followed. She has run Grey Hen Press since 2008, publishing themed anthologies (23 so far) showcasing older women’s poetry.

Her own poems have appeared in several poetry journals, been widely anthologised and can be seen online at .  She has three collections: Exit Moonshine (Grey Hen Press 2009), Refurbishment (Ward Wood Publications 2011) and Foraging (Arachne Press 2016).

Joy has a poem in Joy//Us: Poems of Queer Joy.

Joy is the author of our collection Foraging

Joy’s poem for Dusk, Factory, was performed at Carlisle, Ellon and Lancaster at Dusk on the 21st December 2017 and published in the Dusk anthology.

Her poem for Time and Tide, Solstice Shorts Festival 2019, When Will We See the Sea was performed at Peterhead and published in the Time and Tide anthology.