Joanna Hoffman (www.joannahoffman.com) is a spoken word poet and teaching artist based in Brooklyn, NY who uses poetry to demonstrate the power of storytelling to break down barriers, and to demonstrate the need to view political issues as deeply personal. She is a 15 year veteran of slam, or competitive performance poetry, who has competed on 5 National Poetry Slam teams, ranked 4th at the 2012 Women of the World Poetry Slam and was the 2012 champion of Capturing Fire, an international LGBTQ poetry competition. Her full-length book of poetry, Running for Trap Doors (Sibling Rivalry Press) was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award and featured in the American Library Association’s list of recommended LGBT reading for 2014. She was recently named a White House Champion of Change for LGBT advocacy through art. Her work has appeared on Upworthy and Buzzfeed, and in literary journals and publications including decomP, PANK, Union Station Magazine, The Legendary, Sinister Wisdom and in the Write Bloody Publishing anthologies We Will be Shelter and Multiverse.
With Poetic Theater Productions:
Poet in S.W.A.P. 2011 The Spoken Word Almanac Project in Poetic License 2012
Playwright and Actress in the reading of Off the Record in Poetic License 2012
Poet in Encyclopedia Show NYC: Vice-Presidents
Poet in Love, Redefined 2014 in Poetic License 2014
Poet in Conscious Language 2014
Featured Artist in Breaking Our Silence 2016: Showcase