"The Creative Renewal Fellowship allowed me to expand my writing and to share poetry with people in El Salvador.The fellowship presents a strong statement that poetry is valuable and that my professional writing endeavors are recognized as worthwhile. I felt tremendously enriched by the experiences I had."
Joyce traveled to Quezaltepecque, a small town in El Salvador, with four local poets and former Creative Renewal Fellow/WFYI producer Jim Simmons to conduct sports and poetry clinics in three schools for middle-school children. Additionally, the team spent time with a group of local poets from Quino Caso, a small art center in the town, giving readings at a community reception. "The local poets translated poetry from each of us into Spanish, then all of us, visual artists and children participated in painting the poems and artwork on a long wall in the center of town."
The group's accomplishments were made into a three-part series appearing on WFYI's Across Indiana. "It was reaffirming to see how easily we all overcame the language barrier through art." Joyce's poetry hangs in the Quino Caso Center and the town square of Quezaltepecque in El Salvador as "lasting echoes of my fellowship."