Joyce Nanette Johnson
Writing is my passion, and the definitive driving force in my life that propels me forward.
I am a transplant from the New Jersey shore (more specifically Long Branch, NJ) and adopted St. Petersburg, Florida as my new home over 15 years ago.
My first foray as a writer was a poem written in my pre-teen years that spoke of the assassination of Martin Luther King and the affect that this singular event had on my life, family and community. It was published in the local paper, The Daily Record, but more importantly I also received a thank you card signed by Mrs. Coretta Scott-King.
In NJ I did public relations work for the United Way and received an acceptance from Essence Magazine for my short story, “I’m Going to Get Somebody Tonight”.
Upon arriving in St. Petersburg I became a correspondent for the Weekly Challenger for many years, then a freelancer for the St. Petersburg Times (now Tampa Bay Times) and St. Pete Bulletin newspapers.
I had been a writer and then became a columnist for Citilife Magazine, where under my own column, “Citiview”, one of my pieces ”Obama, Tears of Change” was chosen as a finalist for the 2010 Griot Drum Awards by the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists(TBABJ). In 2011, I received my second nomination from the TBABJ for 2 articles;
“ Fab Closing” and “Feet with Prayer” both published by the Tampa Bay Times.
I was honored to receive the 2011 Gathering of Women Communication Award.
Previously, under my own company, Joydee Productions, I have developed and maintained websites for clients including Clearwater Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc.
I am a graduate of Brookdale College in Lincroft NJ and successfully completed an Understanding Journalism Certificate Program through the Poynter Institute of St. Petersburg.
I give the glory and honor to God in allowing me to obtain “The Write Success”.