College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
St. Louis , Missouri
Department of English
Associate Director of Creative Writing
With UI Since 1977
M.A.T., English, emphasis in poetry and teaching poetry, Cornell University, 1971
A.B., English, Washington University (in St. Louis), 1969
Sarah Lawrence College, literature and creative writing, 1965-67
Joy Passanante studied creative writing and literature at Sarah Lawrence College and later at Washington University in St. Louis. After receiving her master’s degree, she taught grades 9 through 12 in upstate New York for three years before joining the UI faculty.
She has taught nearly 20 different courses for the English department, including literature, expository and professional writing, and creative writing in three genres. She is the Associate Director of Creative Writing. Her work at the University of Idaho has also included public relations writing, editing, script writing, and faculty and staff communications training.
- The Art of Absence (stories) Lost Horse Press, 2004
- My Mother's Lovers (novel) University of Nevada Press, 2002
- Sinning in Italy (poetry) Limberlost Press, 1999
- “Secrets of the Dream House,” Ascent (Winter 2009): 18-39.
- “Winking at Lucky Lindy,” in Borne on Air: Essays by Idaho Writers, ed. Mary Clearman Blew and Phil Druker (Eastern Washington University Press, 2009).
- “Visitations,” Shenandoah 57.3 (2007): 6-17.
- “Annabel Before the War: Only What I See,” The Georgia Review (Summer 2007): 305-324.
- “Using the Retrospective Lens.” Write Now, ed. Sherry Ellis (New York: Tarcher Books, 2006).
- “My Red Dress Voice.” Kiss Tomorrow Hello: Notes from the Midlife Underground, ed. Claire Davis and Kim Barnes (New York: Doubleday, 2006): 60-70.
- Shenandoah’s Thomas H. Carter Prize
- Magazine Association of the Southeast’s Gold Award for Best
Profile (for “Annabel Before the War,” published in The Georgia Review)
- Special Mention (for “Visitations”) in the 2009 Pushcart Prize
- Idaho Humanities Council Research Fellowship
- Finalist for Ben Franklin Awards for short fiction
- Honorable Mention for Independent Publisher Book Awards
- Finalist for ForeWord Magazine Best Literary Fiction (short
stories category) Award
Selected teaching awards:
- University of Idaho Teaching Excellence Award
- Alumni Awards for Teaching Excellence
- International Professor of the Year Award, Finalist, Alpha Phi
- Outstanding Faculty Award, UI Interfraternity Council