JP Howard

New York, United States

Member Since: 01/16/2013

JP Howard is a poet, educator, literary activist, curator and community builder. Her debut poetry collection, SAY/MIRROR (The Operating System), was a Lambda Literary finalist. She is also the author of bury your love poems here (Belladonna*), Praise This Complicated Herstory: Legacy, Healing & Revolutionary Poems (Harlequin Creature) and co-editor of Sinister Wisdom Journal Black Lesbians--We Are the Revolution! JP was a featured author in Lambda Literary’s LGBTQ Writers in Schools Program and was a Split this Rock Freedom Plow Award for Poetry & Activism finalist. JP is featured in the Lesbian Poet Trading Card Series from Headmistress Press and has received fellowships and grants from Cave Canem, VONA, Lambda Literary Foundation, Astraea and Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC). She curates Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon, a monthly New York-based literary Salon. Her poetry and essays have appeared in The Slowdown  podcast, The Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day Series, Apogee Journal, The Feminist Wire, Split this Rock, Muzzle Magazine, and The Best American Poetry Blog. Her poetry is widely anthologized. JP is a general Poetry Editor for Women's Studies Quarterly and Editor-At-Large of Mom Egg Review VOX online. 



Twitter Username: @JPHoward_poet


  • SAY/MIRROR , The Operating System (2015)
  • bury your love poems here , Belladonna* Collaborative (2015)
  • Black Lesbians - We Are the Revolution! , Sinister Wisdom (2018)
  • Praise This Complicated Herstory: Legacy, Healing & Revolutionary Poems , Harlequin Creature (2021)


  • Cave Canem Fellowship (2007, 2008, 2009)
  • Soul Mountain Retreat Writing Residency(2010)
  • Finalist, Lesbian Writers Fund, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice (Poetry Category)(2010)
  • Cave Canem Fellow in Residence at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) (2011)
  • Lambda Literary Foundation Emerging LGBT Voices Fellowship (2011, 2012)
  • Alum of the VONA (Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation) Writers Workshop(2014)
  • Finalist, The Feminist Wire's 1st Poetry Contest(2015)
  • Brooklyn Arts Council Community Arts Fund Grantee (2014-2021)
  • Finalist, Split This Rock Freedom Plow Award for Poetry & Activism (2017)


  • Curator & Nurturer at Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon (WWBPS) (April 2011 - Present)


  • Bachelor of Arts in English from Barnard College
  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from The City College of the City University of New York (May 0)

Genres of Interest

Creative nonfiction, Children's literature , Poetry