About Joyce Wilson
Joyce Wilson, editor of The Poetry Porch, a literary magazine on the Internet since 1997, has taught English at Boston University and Suffolk University. Her first book of poems, The Etymology of Spruce, and a chapbook, The Springhouse, were published both in 2010. Individual poems have appeared in literary journals such as Ibbetson Street Magazine, Salamander, Mezzo Cammin (www.mezzocammin.com), and Poetry Ireland. One of her poems won the Daniel Varoujan Award from the New England Poetry Club of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and another won the Katherine Lee Bates Award from the Falmouth Historical Society. She has reviewed books of poetry often for Harvard Review. Other reviews can be seen online at The Drunken Boat (www.thedrunkenboat.com) and The Poetry Porch. She grew up in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, the setting for the poems collected in The Springhouse.
Taking day and evening classes as a special student at Harvard University for most of the 1980s, Joyce received a B.A. through Harvard Extension in 1984 and a M.Ed. from the Graduate School of Education in 1987. During that time, she studied writing poetry with Seamus Heaney, writing about poetry with Helen Vendler; she also took fiction workshops with Monroe Engel and Anne Bernays, and nonfiction with Richard Dyer of The Boston Globe, as well as many seminars in English and American literature.
In the early 1990s, she served as director of South Shore Poets, organizing forums in public libraries for participants to read their original poetry. She received funding from the Mass Cultural Council to direct these readings, and in 1993, to publish an Anthology of South Shore Poets representing the work of 35 contributors. From 1992 through half of 1996, she worked as Assistant to the Curator of the Woodberry Poetry Room of Harvard College Library, where she was also Managing Editor of Harvard Review.
Wilson has lived with her husband John Goldie at the same address in Scituate, Massachusetts, for over 40 years. Their daughter is a journalist based in Beirut, Lebanon, where she writes about culture and the arts.
An index of Wilsonís work on The Poetry Porch:
Still the Same
The Need for a Bridge
One Cow Stands Quietly
Lines to Allegra
Taxi in Millersí Glenn
On the Advantages of Driving
The Rodin Drawing
Sonnets for Sunflowers
Fire Alarm Tripped at 6:00 a.m.
On the Loss of a Ring
Our Cat Explains His Abscess
Three Signs near Granby, Mass.
On Opening a Book of Poems by M.D.
Essays and Reviews:
Encountering Vulnerable People and Well-Wrought Poetry in the Work of David Ferry
The Poets' Theatre presents Under Milkwood by Dylan Thomas
Heaney and Walcott Return to Boston in 2013
The Education of the Soul, on poetry by Jennifer Barber and Jennifer Clarvoe
News from the Village: Aegean Friends by David Mason
Blue Front by Martha Collins
Creating a Book of Irish American Poems: an Interview with Daniel Tobin
Twelve Questions, an Interview with Gail Mazur
Literature and Giving Care, an Interview with Rachel Hadas
On Literature in Vietnam: an Interview with Fred Marchant
Approaching Elizabeth Bishop: an Interview with Lloyd Schwartz
Paradoxical Beauties, an Interview with Rafael Campo
The Future of Poetry, an Interview with Robert Pinsky
A Lesson in Translation, an Interview with Seamus Heaney, 1986
Other: Christmas in Cairo.
Profiles on Mezzo Cammin Timeline:
The Achievement of Eavan Boland
On Julia Budenz, The Form of the Long Poem: To Find the Self She Recognized
On Etel Adnan, The Poetry of Sufferning TBA
The Weaver and Other Poems, a chapbook, is available on-line by request.
Copies of the Anthology of South Shore Poets are no longer available but may be viewed at the Poetry Room, Harvard College Library, and most South Shore Massachusetts libraries.
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