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Our Teachers

The Muse's instructors are all working writers and published authors who have taught courses at colleges, universities, and other community organizations. Read our teachers’ biographies and see what classes they are currently teaching.

Joy Priest

Joy Priest is the author of HORSEPOWER (Pitt Poetry Series, 2020), winner of the Donald Hall Prize for Poetry. She is the recipient of the 2020 Stanley Kunitz Prize from the American Poetry Review and her poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, The Atlantic, and Poetry Northwest, among others. Her essays have appeared in Bitter Southerner, Poets & Writers, ESPN, and The Undefeated, and her work has been anthologized in A Measure of Belonging: 21 Writers of Color on the New American South (Hub City Press, 2020), and Best New Poets 2014, 2016, and 2019. Priest received her M.F.A in Poetry, with a certificate in Women & Gender Studies, from the University of South Carolina, and she is currently a doctoral student in Literature & Creative Writing at the University of Houston.