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The sunny countenance of Joyce Hinnefeld contrasts with the deeply troubled feminine characters that appear in her written work. Joyce won the 1997 Bakeless Nason Prize for fiction sponsored by the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference of Middlebury College. Her collection of short fiction, Tell Me Everything, will bepublished this summer.
Moravian's newest professor of English, Joyce began writing fiction seriously as a college student, publishing the earliest piece in her collection, “Speaking in Tongues,” in 1988. The collection includes a diverse range of writing styles and topics dealing with the sometimes despondent, sometimes distraught, sometimes hopeful yet ever-changing lives of women. “I see my characters as women who feel blocked or stuck with the older women breaking free,” she said.
In addition to writing her feminist and avant-garde stories, Joyce teaches poetry and creative writing courses and directs the campus Writing Center. “The students in my creative writing class engaged me,” she said; “they made me very appreciative of the Moravian student. They are articulate and enthusiastic with a free mix of interests.”
Joyce plans a Business and Community Writing course for the fall with a service/learning component. As part of the class she would like to place students with valley nonprofit agencies that could use help in producing written materials. “It will be a service to the community while it benefits the students,” said Joyce.