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Chuck Joy, 2018-2019 Erie County Poet Laureate

Chuck Joy is a poet, resident of Erie County. His poems have appeared in a number of magazines: Chiron Review, Rattapallax, Foundlings, Great Lakes Review. Several anthologies: Lake Effect, Dwelling in Possibility, Picture This. Chuck appears with Kurt Sahlmann on the CD Live at The Jive (CDBaby.com).

Collections of Chuck’s poems include Every Tiger Wants To Sing (Poets’ Hall Press), Said the Growling Dog (Nirala Publications), Percussive (Turning Point), and the new chapbook The Opposite of Gifts (Heyman! Productions).

Chuck Joy is a member of the Italian-American Writers Association and the Mercyhurst Community Writing Workshop. A child psychiatrist, Dr. Chuck is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and is poetry editor of their newsletter.

A poet producer, Chuck partnered with Kathleen Cantrell for Poetry Scene, a weekly poetry event at the Erie Book Store. Currently he’s producing Poetry Night, a weekly poetry event at Calamari’s 1317 State, where he also hosts. Stage shows have included Exploring The Border, All Aboard, Silver Creek, Helping Ricky, We Make It Easy.

Dr. Joy attended Cathedral Preparatory School (1969), received his BA from Fordham University (1973), and his MD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (1978). He pursued psychiatry training at Warren State Hospital and West Virginia University at Morgantown where he was Chief Resident and completed a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship.

Chuck Joy was a founding member and initial chairman of the Erie County Pennsylvania Poetry Initiative. He is Erie County’s sixth Poet Laureate. Chuck lives with his wife Dawn, their children Nicole, Veronica, and Gregory all grown. More at chuckjoy.com.


About the Erie County Poet Laureate Initiative

In addition to the honor of being named, the 2018-2019 Erie County Poet Laureate will be awarded a $7,500 grant which provides a $3,000 stipend to the poet and $4,000 to carry out a project to help bring poetry to the people of Erie County. Five hundred dollars goes to administration and other costs. The community project is unique to the Erie County Initiative; ensuring that the Laureate uses the majority of the public funding to enrich and educate the region through poetry.

Erie County Government, in cooperation with Edinboro University, Gannon University, Mercyhurst University and Penn State Behrend, started the Poet Laureate Initiative in 2009. Already it has received recognition for its impact on the arts in our region; receiving the Pennsylvania County Commissioners Association County Arts Award in 2011 and the National Association of Counties National Arts Award in 2012. Past Laureate’s include Berwyn Moore 2009-2010, Dr. Thomas Forsthoefel 2010-2012, Ron Hayes 2013-2014, Cee Williams 2015-2016 and  Marisa Moks-Unger 2017 -2018. Governing the Initiative are the Members of the Erie County Poetry Committee: Joseph Giles, former Erie County Councilman; Dr. Greg Brown, Professor of English, Mercyhurst College; Helene Grande, Communications Specialist, Erie School District (retired); Mary Jane Koenig, Writing Specialist (retired), Erie School District; George Looney, Professor of English, Penn State University – The Behrend Campus; Berwyn Moore, Professor of English, Gannon University; Caroline Hohmann, Professor, Edinboro University; Tom Ferarro, Executive Director of Erie Arts & Culture; Ben Speggen, Program Director at Jefferson Educational Society, and Douglas Smith, Erie County Clerk. 


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