Contact & Location


Department of English

Physical Address:
Brink Hall 200
(208) 885-6156 phone
(208) 885-5944 fax

Mailing Address:
English Department
c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1102
Moscow, Idaho

Joy Passanante

Joy Passanante

Office: Brink Hall 203
Email: joy@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: English Department - University of Idaho
875 Perimiter Dr. MS 1102
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1102

College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
Department of English
Senior Instructor
Associate Director of Creative Writing

Home Town: St. Louis , Missouri
With UI Since 1977

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Fiction
    • Creative Nonfiction
    • Poetry
  • Biography
    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.
  • Selected Publications

    • 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

    Recent Essays:

    • “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.

  • Awards and Honors

      Writing awards:
      • 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 anthology
      • 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 Foundation
      • Outstanding Faculty Award, UI Interfraternity Council

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