Author of Ava and the Prince
Joy Sewing is Houston Chronicle’s lifestyle and culture columnist and covers everything from fashion and pop culture to parenting and race.
An award-winning journalist, Joy holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from University of Houston, a master’s degree in business management from Webster University and taught journalism at Central Missouri State University. She has received several prestigious national journalism fellowships on issues concerning Latin America and the African Diaspora; one in which she lived and worked in Mexico and another in which she traveled to Cuba with a team of U.S. journalists to study racism in the country.
Joy has worked for the Kansas City Star and the New York Post and has written regularly for Money, People, Vibe, Shape, Time, Town & Country and other magazines. In 2018, she debuted her first book, “Ava and the Prince: The Adventures of Two Rescue Pups, which chronicles the true-life story of her rescue boxer dogs, Ava and Prince. Her children’s book was selected for the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation home-library program and was a bestseller on Amazon.com.
Joy also has a passion for helping children and is founder of Year of Joy, a 501(c)(3) organization that provides joyful experiences for children from underserved communities. Her annual Year of Joy Holiday Ice Skating party treated 200 area children to a holiday ice skating celebration in 2019. This year, the 5th annual event will have only 50 children participating due to the coronavirus pandemic
A former competitive ice skater and became Houston’s first professional African American ice-skating coach while in college.