Who is Joianne Payne? " I am eternity; I birth the sun and created the universe…" The name Joianne Payne is the pen name of Joy Taylor who has walked barefoot through some of the hottest fire and conversely, has tiptoed through some of the coolest bluest, cleanest water on earth. As the name suggests Ms. Payne expresses through poetry, prose, spoken work and song the duality of life, joy and pain.
Since birth, Joi has been lyrical and enjoyed words. She was raised in a two parent working-class home in New Jersey as one of three children where she spent much of her free time writing songs and poetry. Joi went to private schools and graduated from Rutgers University with a liberal arts degree. Joi, a licensed teacher by trade, has resided in her native New Jersey, Philadelphia and the Atlanta area where she has expressed her emotions on the spoken word circuit. Joi is also the devoted mother to one son, Brandon, and has mentored and tutored children privately. She has hopes of one day implementing an after school program in her native Newark, NJ, designed to help foster self-esteem and good citizenship as well as pursuing academic excellence.The program is already in the planning stages.