Recent writing:

Life Drawing, Evergreen Review, S/S 2022

Excerpted from Garnett’s family memoir (in progress), “Life Drawing” tells of a turning point in the misadventures of its heroine, a half-Jewish, half-Egyptian girl growing up in the suburbs of Long Island in the 60s and 70s. The memoir traverses three continents in as many decades as its narrator searches for her legendary but absent poet/beekeeper grandfather only to find herself. “Life Drawing” takes place in Oxford and Paris.

Leaving New York, Evergreen Review, F/W 2020

An ode to a vanished New York by Evergreen’s Art Editor. Joy Garnett, you make me wish that I’d lived through your New York with you, living for “the odd moment, the expressive gesture.” Always interwoven with a lost city are the lost people, the lovers, the neighbors, the artists, the diners, the cars. And when you conclude that you are not sad at all to leave New York, what New York has become, you stab me in the heart. (Jee Leong Koh on Joy Garnett’s Leaving New York)

The Lost Narratives of A.Z. Abushady, Poet and Bee Master, [PDF] Dec. 2020

Cultural Entanglement in the Pre-Independence Arab World: Arts, Thought, and Literature, edited by Anthony Gorman and Sarah Irving (I.B. Tauris/Bloomsbury, Dec. 2020). This book examines the ways in which non-Arabic cultural influences interacted with the rich, complex and sometimes conflictual environment of the Arab world in the pre-independence era. 

The sea takes up residence in all parts of the city, Rusted Radishes, Issue 8, 2019

The theme of this issue, “Sea Change,” as an extraordinary shift in perspective and an allusion to our environment, harkens back to its original rendering in The Tempest.

Archival projects:




Joy Garnett is an artist and writer in Los Angeles. Her writings have appeared in Evergreen Review (New York); Rusted Radishes (Beirut); Full Blede (Los Angeles); Stat®rec/Statement of Record (New York/Berlin); Virilio and Visual Culture (Edinburgh University Press); Ibraaz (Kamal Lazaar Foundation); Ping-Pong (Henry Miller Memorial Library, Big Sur); and The Artists’ and Writers’ Cookbook (powerHouse Books, Brooklyn).

Garnett’s paintings have been exhibited at the FLAG Art Foundation, MoMA-PS1, Whitney Museum, Artists Space, Smack Mellon, White Columns (NY), the Milwaukee Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Craft Portland (OR), Boston University Art Gallery, National Academy of Sciences (Washington, DC), and the Witte Zaal (Ghent, Belgium). She has received grants from Anonymous Was a Woman, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The Wellcome Trust (London, UK), and the Chipstone Foundation (Milwaukee, WI). Her work is in the permanent collections of the National Academy of Sciences, Altria, and The West Collection (Oaks, PA). Garnett is the art director of Evergreen Review.



email: joy.garnett [@] gmail.com