Joy Manesiotis

Professor
Creative Writing

Education

 MFA, Poetry, Warren Wilson College, 1986

BFA, Sculpture (Honors), Virginia Commonwealth University, 1976

 

Contact

Hall of Letters
308
P: 909.748.8583
E: joy_manesiotis@redlands.edu

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Academic Interests and Areas of Expertise

  • Contemporary Poetry

  • Poetry and Painting

  • Interdisciplinary Visual/Written Forms

  • Eastern European and Greek Poetry

  • Visual Art

Professional Background

Joy Manesiotis is the author of They Sing to Her Bones, which won the New Issues Poetry Prize from New Issues Press.  Individual poems and essays have appeared widely in literary journals, including The American Poetry Review, Massachusetts Review, Ninth Letter, Virginia Quarterly Review and Poetry International, as well as in translation, in the Romanian journal, Scrisul Romanesc.  She has presented A Short History of Anger: A Staged Reading, drawn from a book-length hybrid manuscript and comprised of a Speaker and Greek Chorus, at various international festivals and universities in Europe and the U.S., including the Transnational Creatives Festival, Bath, UK; Voices Series, Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University, UK; and Stockholm University, Sweden. Her essay, “What I Learned in Art School,” was listed as a notable essay in Best American Essays 2011.  Among other awards, Manesiotis has received fellowships and residencies from New York Foundation for the Arts, the Graves Award, and Ragdale Foundation.  In May, 2012, her poems were dropped over Nicosia, Cyprus as part of Spring Poetry Rain, an international cultural event to help foster peace in the last divided city in Europe.  In addition to teaching in Creative Writing, she is Co-coordinator of The Visiting Writers Series at the university. 

Courses Offered at Redlands

Workshops:

  • 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 and Painters

  • Poetry of Exile

  • Poetry of Necessity

  • Poetry of Exile by Women


Senior Portfolio

Johnston Seminars:

  • Collaborations Across Artistic Forms

  • Poetry and Painting

  • Poetry and Painting II

  • The Art of the Garden

  • Twentieth Century Drama

Professional Experience

Freelance Film Editor, Boston, MA and New York, NY

Credits include:

  • "NOVA," WGBH-TV (PBS)

  • "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

Books:
"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)
"This"
"Her,"
"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

Panels
"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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