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Joy Elan is from Oakland and Berkeley, CA. She received her undergraduate degree in African American Studies at UC Berkeley and her graduate degree in Education at Stanford University. She published two poetry books; Signs of Life: Past, Present, and Future and Silence Is Not Always Golden: A Poetic Revolution. In June 2014, she won 3rd place in Oakland's Got Talent with her spoken word piece, I'm A Survivor. She is currently working with urban youth in the Bay Area. You can see Joy Elan perform her poetry at various open mic venues and events around the Bay Area.