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“Poet Laureate” of Washington Heights, Leftow is a double alumna at Columbia U. and has her 2nd Masters from CCNY in Creative Writing. When Joy is not busy doing cat or people rescues, she meets her muse & reflects on relationships with more sarcasm than you’d get in an entire season of Seinfeld.

Background Information

I write about people ... then I share my observations. I tell it like it is. My style is - in your face reality combined with a unique perspective due to my background. I’m white Jewish and grew up in Washington Heights, Manhattan.

I come from an impoverished and crazy homelife. My teen years were especially difficult. In spite of all these obstacles, I managed to get into Columbia under the Higher Education Opportunity Program,  got my BA there, and afterwards my Masters in Social Work. This solidified my already instinctual propensity to understand what motivated people. Now I have two masters degrees one in creative writing from CCNY.

In the early nineties, when I hit the NYC poetry scene, some folk accused me of being post modernist, some thanked me for my heartfelt style, and others mimicked me at open venues. When I applied for the graduate writing program at CCNY, I had to use prose because my poetry was criticized for its lack of form. During my graduate studies, I naturally took the opportunity to study writing poetry in form. And about being post-modernist, I only began to read other post-modernists after I’d been accused of being one. Others just say my prose is on the harder and sharper sides of life.

Writing has always been a profound experience for me. Since childhood, writing has imprinted itself on my soul. My writing ability is a mitzvah. I am the instrument, writing is my love, and the finished products are my offspring.

I've been published over 100 times now.

I've performed on Rockland internet radio show, “Cool on the Groove” several times, and was a guest on Jazz Poetry Cafe twice. Iwas interviewed on The TV show, the New Yorkers, and the radio show for teachers and writers; Everything Goes on WNYE- FM at 91.5. My book from Big Foot Press, A Spot Of Bleach and Other Poems & Prose, is available at and is available here at Leftow also has a short story, "False Pride", which is published in an anthology called "Lipstick Diaries". It is available in all the stores. You can get the anthology for $10 + $2 shipping from me if you sent me a note at Be forewarned, there are some pretty raunchy and risque stories included!

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The Poetry Kit and I'll be adding to these later

Birth Place
New York, NY United States

MA Creative Writing, CCNY 1991
NYS Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW with the R
Columbia University School of Social Work 1985
BA Anthropology, Columbia School of General Studies 1983

Additional Information

SPOT OF BLEACH & OTHER POEMS AND PROSE is being released this coming October and is available at Authorsden, & Amazon and through contacting me. LIPSTICK DIARIES can also be purchased through me as well.

Contact Information
New York NY 10040   United States
Contact Author: Joy Leftow

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