Joy Marie Sever Ph.D.
Author, Tell me ODYSSEUS
About Tell me ODYSSEUS Author Joy Marie Sever
Joy read Homer’s Odyssey for the first time in September 2001 during evening classes at The New School in New York City. In the years to follow, she would travel to ancient temples in Greece, to the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, DC, and to classics-themed theatre performances, dramatic readings, and exhibits. In 2005, she co-founded TellmeOmuse with artist and muralist Matthew Willey. Joy started visiting classrooms where the Odyssey was being taught and observed students of all ages asking thoughtful questions, expressing strong opinions, and enthusiastically debating Odysseus' decisions on his journey. The students were engaged in the reading and the discussions. These were timely observations. In 2007 the New York Times reported students’ difficulty with reading comprehension. In 2010, Joy self-published Tell me ODYSSEUS. In 2014, she created RAP Odyssey, a program based on Homer’s Odyssey, Hip-Hop history and culture, and current events of urban importance.
Joy has a Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Toronto. She lives in Manhattan.