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Nancy C. DeJoy

Associate Professor; Graduate Faculty
Affiliate Faculty, Museum Studies

Poet in Residence, Capital City Film Festival
She/Her/Hers
Office: Bessey 257
Email: dejoy@msu.edu

Research Areas

Poetics of Social Justice, First-Year Writing, Rhetorics of Memory and Memoir, Nature Writing, Travel Writing

Profile

Nancy DeJoy is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at MSU and an avid supporter of the inclusion of poetry in public art and art for social justice movements. Her poetry has been exhibited in museums and galleries in the greater Lansing area and in national and international conference venues. She received the Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies from MSU in 2019. Her recent work focuses on two main areas: 1) creating increasingly inclusive approaches to first-year writing that help students understand literacy as opening spaces for participation (instead of consumption) and contribution (as opposed to adaptation) and 2) poetic listening, especially as that relates to the ways that art can help survivors of sexual violence express and enact the futures they desire for themselves, one another, and our world. In both of these areas, DeJoy expands the conversations to public forums outside of academic contexts and conferences, including writing for the local newspaper, presenting in galleries and museums and grant work that focuses on community engagement projects.

Education

Ph.D., Purdue University 

Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies, Michigan State University

M.A., Purdue University

B.A., Nazareth College of Rochester 

Representative Work

Selected Grants

2019. Engaged Pedagogy Grant. Michigan State University. For maker art project with Impression 5 Science Center, Refugee Development Center of Lansing, and Global Institute of Lansing.

2018. Faculty Summer Fellowship Seed Grant. “Illuminating Survivor Voices.” 

2017. Creative Placemaking Grant: Greater Lansing Arts Council. Sidewalk Poetry in Downtown Lansing.

2017. Michigan State University Sidewalk Poetry Project, a crowdsource funded project.

2015. “Rethinking Communication Channels and Patterns to Promote Well-Being Among International and First-Generation Students and Their Major Support Units on Campus.” Bringing Theory to Practice: Well-Being Seminar Grant.

Publications

2020. DeJoy, N and Earley S. “Image-ning the Emotive Power of the Poetic Word: Multi-faceted Images as Pathways for Understanding Our Singular and Collective Lives”  The International Journal of the Image. 11 (3): 77-93.

2020. “Memoir as Process: Something Other Than Remembering.” Fourth Genre.  22 (1): 226-228. 

2017. Collaborations and Innovations: Supporting Multilingual Writers Across Campus Units. Co-edited with Beatrice Quarshie Smith. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

2011. Reading and Writing Literacies. Second Edition (with graduate students Collin Craig, Steven Lessner and Bonnie Williams). New York: Pearson/Longman custom publishing.

2009. Reading and Writing Literacies. (with graduate students Collin Craig, Steven Lessner and Bonnie Williams). New York: Pearson/Longman custom publishing.

Selected Exhibits

2020. “Now” by Nancy DeJoy and Samantha Earley Juried: Fantastical Flora and Fauna Online Exhibition (Sept. 25-Nov. 7, 2020) South Haven Center for the Arts, South Haven, MI. (Honorable Mention)

2019. “Art for Artists’ Sakes.” Exhibit of my poems on prints by Samantha Earley. June. East Lansing Art Gallery.

2019. “What If I ….” Ways to Make a Better Community Together, collaborative art and poetry show. Katalyst Gallery. Old Town, Lansing, MI. October 25.

2018. “Illuminating Survivor Voices.” Poetry Sculpture Installation; featured work. MSU Social Justice Art Festival. Lookout! Gallery, Residential College in the Arts and Humanities. January 25.

2018. “Illuminating Survivor Voices.” Poetry Sculpture Installation. Wharton Performing Art Center main lobby. February and March. 

2018. “Illuminating Survivor Voices.” Poetry Sculpture, organic lighting and multimedia projection project. December, 2018. Broad Art Lab, East Lansing, MI.

2018. With Jordan Taylor Warren (student). “Petroleum Addiction.” Summer Trio: Three Diverse Exhibits to Open Eyes and Hearts. Grove Gallery and Studios, East Lansing, MI. July 12–August 10.

2018. “Landscape” With lithographer Samantha Earley. Paper Connections: Works by Faculty and Students of Indiana University Southeast​ and the National University of Samoa. Indiana University Southeast and the National University of Samoa. July.

2017: Permanent Poetry Installation (metal plate etching): “Walking In.” Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame, Lansing, MI. To celebrate the Lansing Women’s March.

2017 (December 10). “I’m Fine.” (We Are More Fierce Than Fine). Beneath the Clouds. Robin Theatre, Lansing, MI.

2017. A Little Militant. Grove Gallery and Studios, East Lansing, MI. “Message Interrupted”; “1 in 4.” (Poems).

2016. Counting Backwards. Poetry Installation. East Lansing Art Gallery. February. 2016. Featured Artist/Poet: Arts Night Out. Greater Lansing Arts Council event. Curious Bookshop, East Lansing. May 5, 2016.

2016. Pop-Up Stories. Sponsored by WKAR and the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities. Red Cedar Spirits, East Lansing. September 19, 2016. Selected for best story and was aired on WKAR. A permanent link can be found at: http://wkar.org/post/pop-story-wrong-track.

Curated Exhibits

2020. Soulfire. Michigan State University, LOOKOut Gallery. 

2019. Soulfire.” MSU Federal Credit Union, Main Branch. A fundraiser for Firecracker Foundation, Lansing, MI.

2019. Soulfire Art Catalogue. MSU Libraries Publishing Services. A community partner service project with The Firecracker Foundation. (September.)

Public Voice

2019. Capital City film Festival Announces Inaugural Poetry Project, Calls for Participation of 20 Local Poets. https://www.fox47news.com/yes/around-town/capital-city-film-festival-announces-inaugural-poetry-project-calls-for-participation-of-20-local-poets

2019. Soulfire Art Catalogue. MSU Libraries Publishing Services. A community partner service project with The Firecracker Foundation. (September.)

2019. “What if Lansing Were a Poem? Thoughts From Local Poets and an Invitation to Share Yours.” In print November 29. Lansing State Journal. Online at: https://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/opinion/contributors/viewpoints/2019/11/29/viewpoint-making-lansing-better-place-through-poetry/4306561002/

2019. “Poetic Listening.” TEDxMSU. March 27, 2019. 

2018. “Poetry as Public Art is Part of Placemaking.” Lansing State Journal. February 25 (print). Online at https://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/opinion/contributors/viewpoints/2018/02/25/dejoy-poetry-public-art-part-placemaking/368358002/.

2017. “Redefining Experience.” With Cecilia DeJoy. Pop-Up Storoies. Old Town, Lansing, MI. 

2016. “On the Wrong Track.” Pop-Up Stories. Sponsored by WKAR and the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities. Red Cedar Spirits, East Lansing. September 19, 2016. Selected for best story and was aired on WKAR. A permanent link can be found at: http://wkar.org/post/pop-story-wrong-track.

MSU Illuminates Survivor Voices with Beautiful OLED Installation

Illuminating Survivor Voices Makes Strides Across MSU

Illuminating Survivor Voices: Nancy DeJoy TEDxMSU

“Illuminating Survivor Voices” Through the Arts

Selected Courses Taught

First-Year Writing

Composition Theory

Feminist Theory

Nature and Environmental Writing

Undergraduate Research Seminar

Introduction to Feminism

Research or Academic Affiliations

Faculty Advisor, ReCur Undergraduate Research Journal 

Board Member, Sexual Assault Healthcare Advisory Board

Development Committee Member, Firecracker Foundation

Consulting Editor, Fourth Genre