Sistah Joy's first collection, "Lord I'm Dancin' As Fast As I Can", includes an introduction by former Washington Post award-winning columnist, Dorothy Gilliam. Sistah Joy also authored and self-published two chapbooks: "This Garden Called Life" and "From Pain to Empowerment - The Fabric of My Being." She has received the Washington, DC Poet Laureate Special Award (2002) "for her outstanding contribution to the art of poetry in Washington, DC" and is an alum of the Washington, DC Poet Laureate's "Poets in Progress" reading series. She periodically attends the "Writers on the Green Line" a writer workshop series in Washington, DC, and has attended each of the Mariposa writers retreats in Pennsylvania. Sistah Joy also hosts occasional poetry workshops as well. In January 2015, her group, Collective Voices, presented its 19th annual Poetry Extravaganza, a free-to-the-community literary arts event honoring Dr. Martin Luther king, Jr. at DC's MLK Library. The series, which is attended by hundreds annually and has on several occasions featured DC Poet Laureate, Dolores Kendrick, has presented over 120 poets to the Washington community. Described as a "pioneer poet" (... E. Ethelbert Miller), Sistah Joy is a spiritually inspired poet and literary activist who works to bring poetry into the lives and minds of citizens who are often under-served or unconnected with the arts. She has served as president of the Poetry Ministry of the Prince George's county mega-church, Ebenezer AME Church, for the past 12 years and currently also serves as Poet in Residence at Black-owned, community-based Annie's Art Gallery (www.anniesartgallery.net) where she has for the past 8 years hosted the free inter-generational "Family Night Poetry Open Mic" from 6-9 pm on third Thursdays. Formerly the poetry editor of ACE Dialogue, a quarterly literary Black arts publication during its 5-year run, Sistah Joy co-produces and hosts the award-winning poetry-based cable-television show, "Sojourn with Words," which airs on CTV, the Prince George's County, Maryland local access station. The show's numerous recognitions include, among others, two (national) Telly Awards for excellence in cultural programming.