Joanna Hoffman is a spoken word poet originally from Silver Spring, MD and now living in Brooklyn. She has been on five National Poetry Slam (NPS) teams. In 2006, her team performed on Finals stage and ranked 4th in the nation. In 2007, she was the DC/Baltimore Grand Slam Champion and the Individual World Poetry Slam (IWPS) representative for Baltimore.
In 2011, she represented Urbana at the 2011 Women of the World Poetry Slam (WOWPS), National Poetry Slam, and Individual World Poetry Slam, placing in the top 10 at all three. In 2012, she represented Louder Arts at WOWPS, placing 4th overall, and is the Grand Slam Champion for the 2012 Urbana team. She is the 2012 Champion of Capturing Fire, the queer international poetry competition.
Her work has appeared in PANK, Union Station Magazine, Sinister Wisdom, The Legendary, decomP, Spindle and as part of the recent GirlChild Press anthology, Women’s Work and the Jewish lesbian poetry anthology Milk and Honey. Her full-length book of poetry was published by Sibling Rivalry Press in August 2013, has been nominated for a Lambda Literary Award, and is listed on the American Library Association’s Over the Rainbow list for 2013. She has also been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. When not performing poetry, she works at a non-profit organization and runs in Prospect Park.