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Joseph Young

3322 Chestnut Street

Baltimore, MD 21211






Master’s in Professional Writing, Towson University, 2001

Bachelor’s in English, San Francisco State University, 1997



Visual Arts


Art Shows/Installations

September 2017, MicroFiction RowHouse, Baltimore, MD. Installation of 40+ microfictions throughout my home that tell the history of a fictional family that might have lived in my house.


October 2015, Televisions, Rocket to Venus, Baltimore, MD. Collages as part of two person show with painter Christine Sajecki.


October 2015, The Collected Joseph Young, Chestnut Gallery, Baltimore, MD. My work was hung throughout my home and included paper collage, wintergreen transfer, other mix media, art booklets, video, and digital collage.


July 2015, An Incomplete History, Schick Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs, NY. Wintergreen transfer works on paper exhibited on invitation as part of artist Jonna McKone's end of residency art show.


November 2012, 17 Tips Project, Sleeth Gallery, Buckhannon, WV. Various works on paper as part of group show interpreting one work of artist William Powhida.


July 2012, Through the Needle’s Eye, EMP Collective, Baltimore, MD. Set of 14 text and image pieces as part of group show.


May 2012, Art in the Park, Leakin Park, Baltimore, MD. Text installation on trees as part of group show.


September 2011, Works on Paper (and Wood), Atwell’s Gallery, Savannah, GA. Thirty-five text and image panels as part of show benefitting Ossabaw Island, GA, in memory of Jim Bitler. 


July 2011, C A R T, Current Gallery, Baltimore, MD. Tongue Expressors: text on tongue depressors as part of new consumer goods show.


May 2011, Art in the Park, Leakin Park, Baltimore, MD. Text on cedar shingles as part of group show.


April 2011, Same River Twice, G-Spot Gallery, Baltimore, MD. Installed text and short video (video w/ Christine Sajecki).


April 2010, Covers, with Christine Sajecki, Minas Gallery, Baltimore, MD. Texts (JY) and encaustic painting (CS).


April 2009, Crossing, with Magnolia Laurie, Rocket to Venus, Baltimore, MD. Texts (JY) and drawings (ML).


January 2009, Cat’s Cradle at How We Dwell, Megan Lavelle’s apartment, Baltimore, MD. Text installation as part of the How We Dwell series in which artists occupy Lavelle’s apartment for a weekend, transforming the space with their art.


April 2008, The MVA Bar at Transmodern Fest, with Christine Sajecki, Nancy Murray, and Linda Franklin, Load of Fun Gallerie, Baltimore, MD. Installation and performance; the Motor Vehicle Administration as a functioning bar.


February 2008, Deep Falls, with Christine Sajecki, Antreasian Gallery, Baltimore, MD. Texts (JY) and encaustic painting (CS).





May 2011, Same River Twice, with Teddy Johnson and Heather Rounds, G-Spot Gallery, Baltimore, MD. Curate and edit text portion of Same River Twice book as part of art show.


December 2009, Easter Rabbit Release Party, Hexagon Gallery, Baltimore, MD. Release party for JY’s book, Easter Rabbit, featuring work of 6 visual artists, theatrical performances, and live music.


July 2009, 17(+/-), with Kini Collins,  Roman’s Bar, Baltimore, MD. Haiku-inspired art and art-inspired haiku with two writers and two visual artists.


April 2009, Wax Actual: Contemporary Representational Work in Encaustic, with Christine Sajecki, Amalie Rothschild Gallery, Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD. International juried show of encaustic painting.


May 2009 to present, Member’s Committee, Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD. Member of committee that programs and curates Amalie Rothschild Gallery at the Creative Alliance.



Arts Journalism


December 2007 to April 2009, BMoreLive, Baltimore, MD. Journalist for BMoreLive online and print newspaper covering art events and artists.


April 2009, Locus Magazine, Baltimore, MD. Interview and profile of artist Andrew Liang.


March 2008 and March 2009, Copyeditor for Maryland Art Place Critics’ Residency Catalogue, MAP, Baltimore, MD. Edited Maryland Art Place catalogue for Resident Critics program.


May 2006 to January 2009, Baltimore Interview, with Michael Cantor, Baltimore, MD. Blog dedicated to in-depth interviews and profiles of 16 Baltimore artists (JY), with photography (MC).





May 2011, MICA Visiting Artist, Baltimore, MD. Critique of student videos based on my book, Easter Rabbit.


April 2010, MICA Guest Lecture, with Christine Sajecki and Magnolia Laurie, Baltimore, MD. Guest lecture at Maryland Institute College of Art on intersections of storytelling and visual art, myth, and collaboration.


March 2009, MICA Guest Lecture, with Christine Sajecki, Baltimore, MD. Guest lecture at Maryland Institute College of Art on intersections of storytelling and visual art, myth, and collaboration.


April 2009, MICA Guest Lecture, Baltimore, MD. Guest lecture at Maryland Institute College of Art on haiku and the incorporation of text/poetry into visual arts.


March 2009, Live Interview with Artist Ramsay Barnes, Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD. Interview with artist at closing of his art exhibit.





April 2009, Individual Artist Grant, Baltimore Office for the Promotion of the Arts, Baltimore, MD.




"A House in Baltimore Tells Stories Across Its Walls, Windows, Towels, and Sheets," Hyperallergic.

"Hampden writer uses every surface of his rowhome to tell a story," Baltimore Sun.

"If These Walls Could Talk: MicroFiction Rowhouse," WYPR.


"Framed! A Look at 'The Collected Joseph Young'," Adam Robinson, Real Pants.


"On Collaboration." Willian Walsh, Kenyon Review.


"see the cat? see the cradle?" Megan Lavelle, How We Dwell project site.



Creative Writing


Selected Publications

April 2019, Always Never Speaking, 50 Flash Fictions, with Commentaries by the Author, RowHouse Press, Baltimore, MD.


February 2013, 5 drawings of the maryland sky, Ink Press, Baltimore, MD.


October 2010, NAME, a novel, Union Street Press, Baltimore, MD.


December 2009, Easter Rabbit, a collection of microfictions, Publishing Genius Press, Baltimore, MD. Selected as Best New Book by a Local Author by Baltimore City Paper, 2010. Reprinted February 2011 with new cover art and additional microfictions.


2010, Reading of “Epistomology” (microfiction) in 60 Writers / 60 Places, a film from Little Burn Films.


2011, Abundance, in Matter: A Journal Of Compressed Creative Arts. Abundance is a 27-piece stencil and text artwork.


Work published in these magazines (a selection): Lamination Colony, SmokeLong, Mississippi Review Online, Exquisite Corpse, wigleaf, Blue Moon Review, FRiGG, Eleven Bulls, Hobart, Opium, Alice Blue, Juked, NOO, Pindeldyboz, Marco Polo, JMWW.



Conferences and Teaching


June 2011, Co-Teacher/Workshop Leader of Experimental Writing, Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD. Lead four-week workshop in experimental writing, with Adam Robinson.


June 2009, Teacher/Workshop Leader of Flash Fiction Writing, Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD. Lead four-week workshop in the study and writing of flash fiction.


April 2009, Panelist at Conversations and Connections, Washington, DC. One of four panelists on “Flash Fiction” at annual writing conference Conversations and Connections.




Winter 2014, Guest Editor. Fanzine.


November 2009/January 2011. Guest editor. Everyday Genius.


March 2006 to June 2008, Editor, SmokeLong Quarterly.



Other Collaborations


October 2009, 20 Microfictions, with Kathy Fish, VIPs on vsf blog. Collaboration with writer Kathy Fish to write 20 co-authored microfictions.


November 2008, Night of the Blackbird, with Red Sammy (band), Baltimore Theater Project, Baltimore, MD. Reading of microfiction (JY) alternating with musical performance (Red Sammy).


August 2008, Birds and Maps, with Linda Franklin, Minas Gallery, Baltimore, MD. Reading/performance of creative work.





"Joseph Young: from microscripts to microfictions." In A Brief History of Fables: From Aesop to Flash Fiction. Lee Rourke, 2011.


"Tuesday Flash Focus: Writer Interviews His Reader." Joseph Young and Michael Kimball.


Note: Reviews of Easter Rabbit are found here.


Commercial Writing/Editing


2005 to present, Freelance Writer, various newspapers, magazines, websites, and other clients. Write feature articles, keyword articles, blog posts, product descriptions, and promotional copy on a wide range of subjects, including health and nutrition, dentistry, cosmetics, art and culture, and many others.


2001 to present, Freelance Copyeditor, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Cadmus, Bioscience Writers, and other clients. Copyedit general interest and medical books, medical journal articles, and other documents for clarity, usage, and style.




March 2019


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