Speaking with Joy is back!


I’m back!

On Tuesday, March 5th, a new season of Speaking with Joy begins!

After a book launch, conferences, and international travel (oh my!), I’m finally ready to begin a new season of Speaking with Joy. As I’ve thought, prayed, and brainstormed about what topics I wanted to address, and how i wanted to move forward, it felt important to restate my vision for this podcast. So I recorded a podcast telling the story of why and how I started the podcast and what I hope for the coming season. Click to listen above!

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What I hope for this new season…


In this pre-season episode, I talked all about why I started the podcast, and what I hope it will accomplish in the future.

To educate…

We live in a world inundated with information, and starved for wisdom. I want this podcast to be a space of deep learning, careful thought, and intellectual exploration together. Specifically, I want to provide you with resources: books, images, ideas, and movies you can enjoy and explore. I also want to explore deep ideas with you through the lens of art, to help us think and feel more clearly.

To provide a space of comfort and retreat…

Our world can make me feel very weary, and I have a feeling I am not alone in that regard! We are constantly made aware of dark, cynical things, and I want this to be a place where you can experience a modicum of relief from the relentlessness of the modern world, where you can dwell on whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8).

To keep our hearts soft, open, and awake…

I think one of our greatest dangers is that we could grow heart and cold-hearted. Exposed, as we are through social media, to such a great volume of darkness and inanity, it can be easier to shut down, to become desenistized, and to not feel much of anything. But this is a great danger. Good hearts are soft hearts. Beautiful souls are awake to the world. Compassionate people have warm, tender presences. I think art has the capacity to take us by surprise, and to prize open our arts to the beauty and tenderness and brokenness of the world.

I hope each episode accomplishes one or all of these things for you.

Oh! And another thing…

I’ll be posting an episode every week now, rather than every other week. I’ll be alternating between the normal episodes (one theme+three pieces of art) and episodes where I discuss a theme with a friend.

We can call these new episodes Chatting with Joy.


Have you thought about joining the Patreon?

Friends, last year I nearly burned out. I was trying to write my phd, make enough money to live off of, and do the podcast. And, frankly, it was too much. I was tired all the time and started getting sick a lot. I’ve seen God graciously provide for me in many ways— including funding for the Phd— but I was feeling, as Bilbo would put it, like butter spread out over too much bread. So, I took some time to think, dream, and pray.

As I prayed, I realized I felt called to two things:

  1. to write my phd

  2. to continue the podcast

So, I decided to take a step of faith, quit working, and start a Patreon, hoping that it would fill in the financial gaps. And you all are amazing! You far exceeded my expectations, you’ve sustained me through the year. I couldn’t be more thankful.

as a thank you for your support, I post fun extra content:

  • secret podcasts and poetry readings

  • The Joynal— a monthly letter of update from me!

  • featured artist giveaways— interviews, samples, and thoughts from working artists

  • PDF downloads

  • recipes… and much, much more!

More than all this, though, I consider it a place where I can shed my more polished self, and share my thoughts, experiences and ideas with you in a special, private-ish space on the internet. Now that I’m back to my normal schedule, I’m excited to invest more time in it and post more regularly. You can now support me either $2 a month or $10 a month. With the $2 patronage you will get the joynal and recipes, and with the $10 you will get all the rewards.

I’d be honored if you considered joining the Patreon! I’ll be posting new things each Wednesday.

You can check out more about it at the link below…

And now, the schedule…

Okay, so I’m still finalising this. But you can look forward to the first episode of the season…


All for now, friends!

I can’t wait to embark on this new season with you!

See you on Tuesday. :-)

a hug,


Joy Clarkson4 Comments