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Joyce Brinkman

Joyce Brinkman, Indiana Poet Laureate 2002-2008, believes in poetry as public art. She creates public poetry projects involving her poetry and the poetry of others. Collaborations with visual artists using her poetry for permanent installations include her words in a twenty- five foot stained glass window by British glass artist Martin Donlin at the Indianapolis International Airport, in lighted glass by Arlon Bayliss at the Indianapolis-Marion County Central Library and on a wall with local El

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About My Work:

Artistic Activities:

*2000 – Developed and began teaching writing workshop called “Writing Faithfully”.

*2003 – Poem made into a video in Spain. Book Tiempo Espanol written in Spain; published US.

*2005 – Reading, Hanover College Culture and Artist Series.

*2005 – Readings at the National Congress of Writers, North Dakota

*2006 – Poem selected by British glass artist Martin Donlin to inspire and appear in a 25’ stained glass window he was commissioned to create for the new terminal at the Indianapolis International Airport.  Opened 2008.

*2006 – Project with the Indianapolis Arts Council and the IndyGo bus system.  Wrote and selected poems from other poets to be printed as a book of poetry postcards.  These poems also appeared on city buses for a year, and were read by the poets to passengers on the buses.

*2007 – Collaborated with glass artist Arlon Bayliss on a room sized, lighted glass artwork containing a poem written for the new wing of the Indianapolis-Marion County Library.

*2007 – Edited the Sports Poetry Trading Card Anthology, while serving as Poet Laureate of the State of Indiana and planning, coordinating, hosting the 3rd National Gathering of Poets Laureate.

*2008 – Poem based on art at the National Art Museum of Sport part of a yearlong exhibition.

*2008 – Two poems based on art at Gallery 308 in Muncie, Indiana, part of Arts Kaleidoscope   Exhibition.  One poem also made into a video.

*2008 – Tetracty Poem in matted and framed photograph at Mary Anderson Center for the Arts.

*2008 – Panelist, “First Ladies of Poetry” at the South Carolina Book Festival.

*2008 – Reading, DePauw University.

*2008 – Reading, Library of Congress “Poetry at Noon Series”.

*2009 – Poetry Workshop for West Palm Beach Florida Public Library System.

*2009 – Workshops conducted at the Block Island Poetry Project, Block Island, Rhode Island.

*2009 – Poem in The Art of Poetry Exhibition at Art In Hand, Zionsville, IN.

*2009 – Poem in the Nature Awakens Creativity Exhibition at the Indianapolis Art Center.

*2009 – Organized & taught Soccer/Poetry Workshops in schools (Quezaltepeque, El Salvador).

*2009 – Poem Block Island painted on wall in Quezaltepeque, El Salvador.

*2010 – Poem in Poetry In Free Motion Quilt Exhibit.

*2010 – Poetry part of Postcards of Sacred Travel Exhibits at the Indianapolis Inter-Faith Center and the Jewish Community Center.

*2010 – Organized multi-county community derived public literary art project called Word Hunger.  Facilitated community discussion from which poems were produced, and painted on barns in the counties, with the project being recorded by WFYI public television.

*2011 – Readings and panelist at Spencer Museum, University of Kansas.

*2011 – Organized and lead collaborative poetry readings and writing program on “community” with the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library as part of the One City/One Prompt program.

*2012 – Judge for the 2012 State Poetry Out Loud Competition in Indiana.

*2012 – Judge for Girls Inc. National Poetry Writing Contest.

*2012 – Judge for Utah Society of Poetry Clubs Competition.

*2012 – Developed, wrote and read for an Indiana Humanities Program combining poetry and

historic preservation properties at Indiana Landmarks Center.

*2012 – Poem in Poetry in Free Motion Exhibit.

*2012 – Poem in Mayor of Indianapolis Exhibition.

*2013 – Worked with orangutans at the Indianapolis Zoo to create postcard poems given away on opening day of the International Orangutan Center.

*2013 – Guest Poet, Poetry On Brick Street

*2013 – Poem in Mayor of Indianapolis Exhibition.

*2014 – Judge for the 2014 State Poetry Out Loud Competition.

*2014 – Panelist for panel on collaboration, “Two Poets are Better Than One” at Humanities Tennessee’s Southern Festival of the Book.

*2014 – Reading Village Lights Bookstore, Madison IN.

*2014 – Reading Columbus Public Library, Columbus, IN..

*2014 – Reading Indy Reads Books, Indianapolis, IN.

*2014 – Developed organized & read for Spirit and Place Festival program “A Poetic Journey Through Urban America” at DePauw University.

*2015 – Judge for the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Chapbook Contest

*2015 – Developed summer poetry workshop curriculum for School On Wheels program for students at the Salvation Army’s Barton Towers.

*2015 – Lead poet on 16 poet linked-verse poem read and displayed at the Indianapolis Artsgarden for National Poetry Month

* 2015 – Poetry of Sacred Places Poems on display at Indianapolis Central Library for National Poetry Month

*2015 – Earth Day Poem on display and read at the Indianapolis Artsgarden

*2015 – Spring reading tour for Seasons of Sharing in Germany



Hanover College Alumni Achievement Award

Sagamore of the Wabash from Governor Robert D. Orr

Sagamore of the Wabash from Governor Frank O’Bannon

Fellowship from the Mary Anderson Center for the Arts 2008

Indianapolis Arts Council Creative Renewal Fellowship 2009-2010

Vermont Studio Center residency scholarship 2010

Indiana Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant 2013

Arts In The Park Grant 2015

Selection of Publications

Hill Thoughts Hanover College 1966 (Journal)

Tipton Poetry Journal

Poems and Art

Rivers, Rails and Runways – San Francisco Bay Press 2008

Lady Jane Miscellany- San Francisco Bay Press 2009 (Journal)

Endless Skyway – Ice Cube Press 2011 (Anthology)

Airmail from the Airpoets – San Francisco Bay Press 2011

The World Keeps Turning to Light – Negative Capability Press 2012 (Renga)

Thirty Three – Negative Capability Press 2014 (Anthology)

From the Edge of the Prairie – Prairie Writers Guild 2014 (Anthology)

Seasons of Sharing; A Kasen Renku Collaboration – Leapfrog Press 2014

Urban Voices: 51 Poems from 51 American Poets – San Francisco Bay Press 2014 (Co-editor)

Mapping the Muse – Brick Street Poetry Inc. 2015 (Anthology)


Selected Links


Other Activities

Member, Nature Conservancy

Board Member, Project Director, Brick Street Poetry Inc.

Advisory Board Member, American Scores (national organization, soccer/poetry for at-risk kids)

Board Member, Indiana State Library Foundation

Board Member, Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service

Board Member, IU Simon Cancer Center Development Board

Moderator, Indy Literary Arts

Member, Traders Point  Christian Church

Member, Robin Run Golden K Kiwanis Club







Education:  Undergraduate:  Hanover College – BA, Secondary Teaching License Credits


IUPUI – Public Administration

IUPUI – Poetry with Jared Carter

IUPUI – Script Writing with Danny Simon

Butler University – Poetry with Chris Forhan, and Alexander Lynch

University of New Orleans – MFA program in Spain

The Society of the Four Art– Stone Sculpting with D.J. Garrity

Indiana Stone Symposium

The Writers’ Center of Indiana – Script Writing, Memoir Writing, and Poetry

Watercolor instruction –Irina Smulevitch of the Indianapolis Arts Center

Acrylic instruction – Artistic Design Gallery and Sullivan Munce Art Center



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  1. Hi Joyce, this is Jonah Bornstein from the Tupelo project. Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your poem today, day 13.
    Take care.


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