“One cannot not communicate” is a tagline often used. As a human being, I have the same with art: I can simply not not create.
Words and rhythm have always played a big part in my life. Over the years, I have appeared in multiple publications. But my crowning jewel is my debut poetry album ‘Weg met de Woorden’, which came out in 2020. Additionally, I have been on stage performing poetry and spoken word since the age of 13.
Recently, I have taken an interest in writing proza as well. Specifically, journalism. As a young, queer person of color I have a unique point of view. One that I am increasingly sharing with the world.
In many ways you could say that writing is my life. Enjoy my work!
Debut poetry album (in Dutch)
‘Weg met de Woorden’ (or ‘Away with Words’) is his autobiography written in poetry. These are the poems of the boy who didn’t belong. The boy, being a queer person of color, who had to find his way in a white heteronormative world. And who succeeded. Thanks to poetry. Joey’s work is raw, intense, clever, holistic, long, analytical, sharp, witty, short, from the past, aimed at the future and completely now.
Words have set me free
Language has allowed me to create a world completely of my own. Poetry enabled me to swim in a universe of resonance and understanding. Since a few years, I am being invited to create these worlds of words live on stage. It is an incredible honor to perform and invite people into my perspective of life.
Below you can find an overview of the articles written by me: