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Joy's bio

 
 

writing

Joy's essays, columns, and articles have appeared in numerous publications, including the Star Tribune, Minnesota Parent, Minnesota Monthly, Minnesota Good Age, BLUNTmoms, Grown and FlownTopology Magazine, Peacock Journal, Mamalode, Great Moments in Parenting, AAA Living, Viking Magazine, the Carleton College Voice, Minnesota Law & Politics, the Des Moines Register, the Indianapolis News, and the Better Homes and Gardens publications Beautiful New Homes and Building Ideas.


Editing

Past and present clients include: • SERC, The Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College • the Northfield Historical Society • the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative • the Carleton College Voice • the Vintage Band Festival • NorthfieldHistorical • the Northfield Youth Choirs


Radio/podcast appearances

ArtZany! Radio with Paula Granquist, KYMN, Writers Joy Riggs and Rob Hardy, January 20, 2017
Deep in Bear Country; a Berenstain Bearcast, Episode 57: the Week at Grandma’s, July 2, 2016
This Northfield Life with Brad Ness and Corey Butler, Joy Riggs interview, October 14, 2015


PRofessional Memberships

Society of Professional Journalists the Minnesota SPJ Pro Chapter the Association of Writers and Writing Programs the Loft Literary Center • Write On Mamas

Volunteer work

Joy serves on the board of the Vintage Band Festival, a nonprofit group that organizes a four-day international vintage music festival in Northfield every three years. The next one is set for August 1-4, 2019.
Joy serves on the board of the Northfield Historical Society.
Joy is a past president of the Northfield Fine Arts Boosters, a nonprofit volunteer group that works to promote and support fine arts programs in the Northfield Public Schools. She served on the Northfield Youth Choirs board from 2008-2014 and on the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative board from 2003-2013.

Awards

Joy received numerous awards for the teen and tween column she wrote for Minnesota Parent magazine for five years: First place, Best Magazine Column, 2013 Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists Page One Awards Gold award, Family Matters Column, Parenting Media Association's 2013 Editorial Competition • Second place, Family Matters Column, Parenting Media Association’s 2011 Editorial Competition Silver award, Best Magazine Column, Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association’s Excellence Awards, 2013 Second place, Best Magazine Column, 2010 Minnesota SPJ Page One Awards Bronze award, Best Magazine Column, Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association’s Excellence Awards, 2011 and 2010 Third place, Best Magazine Column, 2014 Minnesota SPJ Page One Awards • Finalist, Family Matters Column, Parenting Media Association's 2012 Editorial Competition


Presentations

Joy has given numerous presentations related to her book-in-progress, Finding My Musical Family:

• June 2018: Book chapter excerpt, Lit Crawl MN, Magers & Quinn Booksellers, Minneapolis, Minn.

• January 2017: Book chapter excerpt, Writers Night, Northfield Public Library, Northfield, Minn. 

• January 2017: Book chapter excerpt, Northfield Writers Resist: Hope is Greater Than Fear, Cannon Valley Friends Meetinghouse, Northfield, Minn.
• November 2016: "Get Your Horns, Boys, We’re Starting a Band,” Vintage Band Festival educational event, Northfield Senior Center, Northfield, Minn.,
• July 2016: "Get Your Horns, Boys, We’re Starting a Band,” a 2016 Vintage Band Festival event, Northfield Historical Society, Northfield, Minn.
• June 2016: "Sitting Pretty in a Pretty Little City: the Story of G. Oliver Riggs and His Remarkable Bemidji Boys’ Band,” featured speaker, annual meeting of the Beltrami County Historical Society, Bemidji, Minn.
• November 2015: "Finding My Musical Family,” capstone event for SEMAC grant, Northfield Retirement Community and Northfield Senior Center, Northfield, Minn.
• August 2013: "The Real-Life Tale of a Pioneering Bandmaster,” Historic Brass Society, Early Brass Festival conference, 2013 Vintage Band Festival, Northfield, Minn.
• June 2013: “Tales of a Real-Life Music Man,” Village on the Cannon community room, Northfield, Minn.
• March 2012: “Origins of a Music Man,” brown bag lecture, Iowa Wesleyan College, Mount Pleasant, Iowa.
• November 2010: “G. Oliver Riggs, St. Cloud’s Music Man,” breakfast club presentation, Stearns County History Museum, St. Cloud, Minn.
• June 2010: “G. Oliver Riggs and His Bands,” presentation before the St. Cloud Municipal Band concert in Barden Park, St. Cloud, Minn.
• June 2008: “G. Oliver Riggs, St. Cloud’s Music Man,” a movie presentation shown at G. Oliver Riggs Day, Stearns History Museum, St. Cloud, Minn.

This column plays to the writer’s strengths as a storyteller. It felt more like a conversation over coffee among some moms instead of something more structured and formal, like some parenting columns can be. The writer has developed a strong voice and uses it effectively in her work.
— Parenting Media Association judge, 2013 PMA editoral awards