Joy Manesiotis

Professor, Creative Writing

Degrees: MFA, Poetry, Warren Wilson College, 1986; BFA, Sculpture (Honors), Virginia Commonwealth University, 1976

Office: Creative Writing, Hall of Letters

Office Hours: T/W/TH

Phone: 909/748-8583



Academic Interests and Areas of Expertise

  • Contemporary Poetry
  • Poetry & Painting
  • Interdisciplinary Visual/Written Forms
  • Eastern European & Greek Poetry
  • Visual Art

Professional Background

Joy Manesiotis is the author of "They Sing to Her Bones," which won the New Issues Poetry Prize. Individual poems and essays have appeared widely in literary journals, including "The American Poetry Review," "Massachusetts Review," "Virginia Quarterly Review," and "Poetry International." Among her honors are a Poetry Fellowship from New York Foundation for the Arts, resident fellowships from Ragdale Foundation, Prairie Schooner’s Reader’s Choice Award and a Graves Award in the Humanities.

Courses Offered at Redlands


  • Poetry Workshop I
  • Poetry Workshop II
  • Poetry Workshop III

Advanced Creative Writing/Literary Seminars:

  • The Page, and Beyond
  • Image/Image
  • The Last Avant Garde: The New York School of Poets & Painters
  • Poetry of Exile
  • Poetry of Necessity
  • Poetry of Exile by Women

Senior Portfolio

Johnston Seminars:

  • Collaborations Across Artistic Forms
  • Poetry & Painting
  • Poetry & Painting II
  • The Art of the Garden
  • Twentieth Century Drama

Professional Experience

Freelance Film Editor, Boston, MA & New York, NY
Credits include:
  • "Frontline," WGBH-TV
  • "Vietnam: A Television History," WGBH-TV (PBS)
  • "The Good Fight" (funded by NEH; first prize at American Film Festival and National Educational Film Festival)

Awards, Honors and Grants

  • Faculty Research Grants, University of Redlands
  • Outstanding Research/Creative Activity Award, University of Redlands
  • New Issues Prize in Poetry, New Issues Press, Western Michigan University
  • Nomination, Pushcart Prize XVII: Best of the Small Presses (2000—2001, 2003—04 editions)
  • The Marlboro Review Prize in Poetry, second place, The Marlboro Review
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Redlands
  • Graves Award in the Humanities, American Council of Learned Societies, Pomona College, Claremont, CA
  • Artist Resident Fellowships, Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL
  • Readers' Choice Award, Prairie Schooner
  • Poetry Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY

Publications, Presentations and Panels

"They Sing to Her Bones," New Issues Prize in Poetry, Kalamazoo, MI: New Issues Press, Western Michigan University (2000)

Reviewed in : The Harvard Review (Fall, 2000), The Marlboro Review (Summer/Fall 2000), ForeWord Magazine (May, 2000), The National Forum, May (2001)

Anthologies: “O Beautiful Boy,” forthcoming, The Eye of the Beholder: A Poets’ Gallery, ed., Maurya Simon and Elizabeth Aamot

Poems: in Periodicals (partial list):
“Crow” Massachusetts Review, forthcoming
“Stay” Poetry International, forthcoming
“Small” The Colorado Review, (Spring, 2009)
“Treatment” Ninth Letter, (Spring 2004)
"July 4th" Alaska Quarterly Review, (Fall/Winter 2003)
“Loosestrife” The Colorado Review, (Spring 2000)

Essays: in Periodicals
“What I Learned in Art School,” Massachusetts Review, forthcoming

"The Sister Art(s): Toward a Feminist Ekphrasis," Associated Writing Programs Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, 2009
"On First Books," Associated Writing Programs Annual Conference, Palm Springs, CA, 2001

Readings (partial list):
Ruskin Art Club, Los Angeles, CA
Casa Romantica Reading Series, San Clemente, CA
CSS Reading Series, New York City, NY
"Writers' Week," University of California/Riverside, Riverside, CA
Cody’s Bookstore, Berkeley, CA
Carthage College, Carthage, WI
California State University/Northridge, Northridge, CA

Professional Affiliations

  • Academy of American Poets
  • Associated Writing Programs

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