About Arlene Joynes

Arlene Tatum Joynes started writing poetry at the early age of eight as a way to express her thoughts and feelings. Born the second oldest of seven children, she was quiet and shy.

After graduating from Howard University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Business Administration/Accounting Degree, she embarked on an accounting career. While an employee of a nonprofit organization, she wrote the poem “Homelessness” to be read at the dedication ceremony of a women’s shelter. After the ceremony, an attending government official sought her out and asked, “Why are you working with numbers when you are so good with words?” She replied, “That’s a good question. I don’t know.” He shook his head and walked away. That encounter bothered her. Eight years later, she decided to step out on faith and embark on a writing career. Reflections is her first completed work. She is now working on a novel.

Arlene lives on the beautiful Eastern Shore of Virginia with her husband Ed and her rambunctious chow Tiger. She can be contacted via arlene.t.joynes@facebook.com.

Tianna Monet Tatum-Fisher is Arlene’s fifteen year old niece. She lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and is looking forward to attending college after finishing high school.