Too Tall Joanz was born and raised in Fayetteville, NC until her teen years when her family moved to Harlem, NYC. She loved to read and write and teachers noticed that at an early age. Throughout her academic career, teachers always encouraged her to write and enter contests. It was their faith in her that kept her writing. Her love of poetry began with a book of nursery rhymes. Add Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein to the mix and you have the beginnings of Joanz. Standing six feet tall, her cousin nicknamed her Too Tall Joanz and she decided to keep it. Her goal is to be one of the best poets of her generation. -revised by P.G.