Joy Arbor

b. 1972

Current City, State, Country

Davis, California, USA

Birth City, State, Country

Los Angeles, California, USA


Joy Arbor is the author of the chapbook Where Are You From, Originally? (Finishing Line Press, 2016). Her poems have won the Phenomena of Place Poetry Prize, the Mary Merritt Award, and an Academy of American Poets Prize, and been published recently in Atlanta Review, Pleiades, and Scoundrel Time. Joy is currently working on a full-length poetry collection exploring the tension between being the granddaughter of a captain in Israel’s War of Independence and being a human rights advocate who has listened to the stories of Palestinians living under Occupation. With an MFA from Mills College and an PhD from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, she lives in Davis, California with her husband and son.

Published Works

Where Are You From, Originally? (Finishing Line Press, 2016)

Author Site

Links to Sample Works


California State University, Northridge
Mills College
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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