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Joy Held

Joy HeldOur submissions manager, Joy Held is a college educator and award-winning author who knew at age ten she was going to be a writer. During her twenty-five year career as a professional writer, she has published a non-fiction book for writers, Writer Wellness, A Writer’s Path to Health and Creativity; an historical romance novel (to be released in 2010 by The Wild Rose Press,; and almost a thousand articles in magazines, newspapers, and poetry journals. 

She is particularly charmed by the new world of "art journaling" and the old-but-new-again world of steampunk fiction. Her book reviews can be found online at and Online articles on dance and theatre are located at She has published multiple articles as a contributing editor for Dancer Magazine and Dance Teacher Now Magazine.

Her work can be found in Yoga Journal, Woman Engineer, and Romance Writers Report as well as local and regional publications in West Virginia. She has presented writing workshops for over ten years for Central Ohio Fiction Writers, West Virginia Writers, Inc., Kentucky, Ohio, & WV Romance Writers, Ohio Valley Literary Group, WV Developmental Education Association, Wood County Reading Association, and the West Virginia Writing Project among others.

Before writing, however, her world revolves around two daughters, a fab husband, and their pets. She is also a devoted student of hatha yoga.

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welcomed as a refinement of the end product."

~ E.L., Arizona

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