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ISBN: 978-1-955239-17-2
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Categories Chapbooks, Nomadic, Poetry

Hello Joy

Publication Date: February 2022


In June of 2023, Black Lawrence Press welcomed numerous existing and forthcoming Nomadic Press titles to our catalogue. Hello Joy was originally published by Nomadic.

Hello Joy is a blissful dive into the current of sorrow and ecstasy which make up the cycles of our depression. This collection is an ode to all the simple moments of pleasure that pull us back to the shoreline, that despite our surmounting darkness will always and inevitably find our joy again.


This collection of poems is exciting, undeniably energetic, and full of a life fighting for each day, each dance. Jarvis Subia’s poems name and color in the questions that come with mental health, queerness, masculinity, and belonging. These poems show how growth means to pour into yourself. These are poems of fun and funk, of intensity and imagination, of celebration and self, “Like I still brought the whole hood / Who didn’t come with me / To the club tonight, / Like I aint the Hyphy-ist rainbow / In the Bay, boi!” These poems are out here, and to Hello Joy, we say, YES and WE SEE YOU! We see you back.
Janice Sapigao

Hello Joy invites the reader into a deeply intimate personal reflection where we both witness and participate in the humane tending of self. Jarvis shows us his wonderfully imperfect garden and encourages us to get busy in our own soil. This work is vulnerable reclamation and confessional and ethnography and declaration.
Darius Simpson, author of Never Catch Me

About the Author

Jarvis Subia

Born and raised in the San José’s 7 trees neighborhood, Jarvis Subia's work delves into his relationship with his communities, sexuality, masculinity, national/global politics, lineage, race, gardening, mental health, personal growth, love, love, and love.

Jarvis is a 2019 Poetry Foundation and Crescendo Literary's Incubator Fellow for community-engaged poets, the 2019 Silicon Valley Creates / Content Magazines Emerging Artist Laureate honoree, 2019 Multicultural Arts Leadership Institute (MALI) fellow, and San José Poetry Slam’s 2018 Grand Slam Champion. He has been a 2-time competitor at the Individual World Poetry Slam, a member of 5 National Poetry Slam teams, and has coached 2 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational teams and a slam team competing at the Brave New Voices youth poetry festival slam. with the Palo Alto slam team, he placed second in the nation for multi-voice poetry in 2015. He has participated in the masters writing workshop at the Las Dos Brujas writers conference and the 2019 Winter Tangerine NYC writers workshops.

Jarvis is currently a freelance teaching artist in the Bay Area and had worked with organizations such as SFJAZZ’s Jazz In the Middle program, Youth Speaks’ Emerging Poet Mentors, the Digital Media & Culture (DMC) Studio at MACLA, Spark Poetry, and Bay Area Creative. Most recently, Jarvis earned his Masters Degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, studying the impact of spoken word poetry in K-12 schools.

Jarvis is a firm believer that things covered in cheese have improved in flavor 100% more than things not covered in cheese.

For more information about Jarvis, his poetry, upcoming shows, or taste in food items check out his website flowerboywrites.com

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