Joy Manesiotis

Professor Emerita
Creative Writing

Joy Manesiotis

Areas of Expertise

  • Contemporary Poetry

  • Poetry and Painting

  • Interdisciplinary Visual/Written Forms

  • Eastern European and Greek Poetry

  • Visual Art


M.F.A., Warren Wilson College-Asheville, NC

B.F.A., Virginia Commonwealth University- Richmond, VA


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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 in many literary journals, including The American Poetry Review, Poetry, Massachusetts Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Poetry International, as well as in translation, in the Romanian journal, Scrisul Romanesc. Recently, she has staged A Short History of Anger: A Hybrid Work of Poetry & Theatre—drawn from a book-length hybrid manuscript and comprised of a Speaker and Greek Chorus—at international festivals and universities in the U.S. and Europe. Manesiotis has received fellowships and residencies from New York Foundation for the Arts, the Graves Award, and Ragdale Foundation and 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. She is the Edith R. White Distinguished Professor in English and Creative Writing. More information at

Degrees Held

MFA, Poetry, Warren Wilson College, 1986

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



Professional Experience

Freelance Film Editor, Boston, MA and 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)

Courses Offered


Poetry Workshop I

Poetry Workshop II

Poetry Workshop III

Advanced Creative Writing/Literary Seminars

The Page, and Beyond


The Last Avant Garde: The New York School of Poets and Painters

Poetry of Exile

Poetry of Necessity

Poetry of Exile by Women

Johnston Seminars

Collaborations Across Artistic Forms

Poetry and Painting

Poetry and Painting II

The Art of the Garden

Twentieth Century Drama



"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)


"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

Invited Presentations

"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

Awards, Honors, 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

Professional Affiliations

Academy of American Poets

Associated Writing Programs