...ye are glad with joy unspeakable and glorified

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Joi “Unspeakable” Donaldson loves to write. A lot. Nine books - including the 8-pager she wrote when she was 9 - worth of a love for writing. Ranging from poetry and short story to humor and promptings, writing is more than just her thing: it’s a way of life.  Her way with words and imaginative approach to life and business have allowed her to work with various grassroots efforts and professional collaborators. She has written for RiseNGrind magazine, been featured in the Soar column of For Harriet, the blog site The Next 100 with her new home located on Medium.

She's Editor-In-Chief of the digital magazine Evincive alongside Avian Mills of Closets and Kids. She's also a Feast RVA grant finalist and independent producer of the podcast, My Depression's Got Jokes.

Joi Unspeakable's passion for storytelling is also conveyed in her work as a professional photographer. Details matter and capturing the light in her subject's eyes, the curve of a coffee cup at a favorite cafe and the dusk-drenched sky after a long day denotes how deeply her knack for storytelling runs.


Sis, Disruptive, Joi’s healing circle series kicks back against the ideals of needing to be saved by the outside and going within to save and heal ourselves. Healing is disruptive and Joi along with the chosen presenters for each meetup strive to prepare safe spaces for those energies to be released and shared.

Joi has also journeyed into teaching and mentoring, creating a creative expression non-profit for teen girls of color called Paper Storms, which dives into discovering and utilizing our backstories to propel ourselves forward.

Joi's lifestyle brand, ReFeel & Co, makes self-care in all its layers effortless with her ReFeel Affirmation Decks and ReFeel Boxes.

Joi "Unspeakable" Donaldson does (and is) a lot. She is a myriad of nouns: mother, author, poet, youth mentor, photographer, entrepreneur, influencer, editor-in-chief, producer, advocate for change and acceptance, activist, teacher, consultant, reader, artist, carefree black girl and survivor.

But most of all, she is a writer who has been commissioned to tell stories.