A little bit about me…


New here? I’m Emily Joy. I’m a spoken word poet, yoga-teacher-in-training, and creative justice enthusiast. Most days you can find me at my home in Nashville, writing and dreaming about how to help others, especially other badass women, make spiritual and creative progress in the wake of religious trauma, painful past experiences, and self-doubt. I chase this dream through my poetry, blogging, videos, and soon, yoga as well. I’m passionate about this work because, like many of you, the first twenty-odd years of my life were spent in conservative religious environments that didn’t look kindly on things like doubt, asking questions, going against the status quo, making mistakes, having a human body, drinking alcohol, kissing other humans, affirming other religions, watching movies that said “damn”… am I getting too specific? And as funny as some of it is now, some of it can leave you with serious scars, hangups, and even trauma. I get it. I’ve been there. I’m still on the journey, and I’d be honored share it with you. I love serving the world by using my poetry as a wedge to hold open space for people like you to do important healing work within yourself. I’d love to show you more!

I Offer…

Spoken word poetry: A good portion of my time is spent traveling around the country to universities, justice-minded churches, conferences, festivals, open mics, poetry slam competitions, and other special events. I’d love to come to yours! I also teach spoken word and creative writing workshops. See where else I’ve performed here!

Speaking: I am available to speak for church groups or services, college classes or chapels, conferences and other spaces on a variety of topics like growing up evangelical, the process of changing beliefs, faith and sexuality, purity culture, creative writing and a whole lot more.

WINTER 2017 // Yoga: Starting in November 2017, I’ll be a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT)! I’ll be rolling out a whole host of new private classes, workshops, and more, so stay tuned.

Interested in booking me for an event? Drop me a line here and let’s talk!


"Everything must burn in order to grow again"

What others have said about me…

“I am praying for you to get right with God.”

“You truly do not understand the Bible.”

“You pick and choose scriptures that only benefit you.”

“Seriously wrong and erroneous.”

“You are ridiculous. You have Satan playing with your mind.”

“Please don’t be so angry and bitter.”

“You, like so many others, are suffering from ‘Trumpophobia.'”

“Emily, you are not a joy. You are a sick and twisted psychopath. New name for you: Emily Sick & Twisted. That best sums you up in a poetic sense of the words.”

“I don’t know if you are a Christian or not.”

“It’s clear you are being raised up by the enemy as a tool of the Anti-Christ. YOU ARE NOT A CHRISTIAN!”


What can I say? I’m a big believer in #publishyourhatemail.

On a more serious note… here are some lovely words about me by even lovelier people:


“[Emily’s poetry] is a fresh breath of criticism, calling us to question what isn’t working in the church and the norms that keep us in spiritual boxes.” -Jason Ramsey, founder of ALTARWORK

“Emily herself carries such a safe presence that allowed the attendees to open themselves up to a level of vulnerability not expected when in a room with others they don’t know well.” -Sara Brown, funeral celebrant

“Emily’s poetry is sharp and prophetic. It skewers the ugliness of fundamentalist thinking.” -Morgan Guyton, UMC clergy, blogger and author

“Emily Joy [is a] fantastic spoken word poet who has an amazing mind, heart, and a lot to say.” -Kevin Garcia, blogger, amazing t-shirt creator, and general badass

“Emily was a wonderful presenter and effortlessly got everyone involved… My heart, my emotions, were engaged and lifted to the surface. I came away feeling refreshed and inspired in my creative work.” -Aaron Zink, singer-songwriter and teacher

“Emily’s workshop was an eye-opener for me. As I utilized the question guide light bulbs of revelation began popping and transformed the workshop into a revelatory experience for me.” -Randy Elrod, CEO of Creative Communities