Joy, who also goes by the name Arit Emmanuela, is a Nigerian American writer, photographer, editor, and director. She received her BA in Cinematic Arts and Creative writing from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
A writer in many aspects, she has work in forms of essays, poetry, short stories, and both stage and screenplays. She has had many accomplishments in her writing career including publication in the literary journal Bartleby, production of her play HAPPY by the Interrobang Theater Company. She has also written and directed many short plays and films, including the play Milk that was showcased at the UMBC 24hour playfest and the short film Blackbird that was showcased at the Light Struck Student Film Festival.
She bases all of her work on ideas of identity and individuality and uses her work as a platform that focuses on the parts of stories that are not often told. When she is not writing or directing she works as a freelance photographer. She has been in multiple exhibitions including the Baltimore RAW Artists Showcase and Art All Night DC. She has also dabbled in performance including The Vagina Monologues and an untitled performance art piece.
She plans on expanding her work throughout all the branches of art to ensure that she reaches a broad audience.