For the past 23 years, she has been writing the cover stories for Vermont Business Magazine, the state’s only news magazine. In 2000 she won the Gold Award for Reporting from the Association of Area Business Publications.
She was the metro reporter for the Brattleboro (Vt.) Reformer from 1989 to 1992. Her popular op-ed column ran in the Reformer for many, many years after that. For five years she was a music critic for the Springfield Union-News — now The Republican — in Springfield, Mass.
As a freelancer, she covered Vermont and Western Massachusetts for The Boston Globe and also wrote for The Boston Globe Magazine. She writes opinion pieces, news and arts stories for The Commons, the weekly newspaper of Windham County, Vermont; her husband, Randolph T. Holhut, is its news editor. She also writes for Southern Vermont Arts & Living.
Her work has also appeared in Vermont Life and Vermont Magazine. Her travel stories have appeared in the Providence (RI) Journal, the New York Post and many other newspapers.
A story from her unpublished memoir, JOYRIDING, was published in the magazine Creative Nonfiction in the summer of 2012 and later anthologized in a book by the same publisher.
She has just finished writing a true-life family saga about the death of her uncle in World War II and how it tore apart her family. Based on a diary her grandmother kept during that tragic year, it is called 1945: A FAMILY TORN IN WAR AND PEACE.
In 2006, a self-published collection of her Reformer columns, “A Thousand Words or Less: Favorite Columns 1996-2005″” received appreciative reviews.
She taught journalism at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst Division of Continuing Education from 2001 to 2003.
Before becoming a journalist, Joyce was a costume designer in San Francisco and New York. Then she traveled extensively in South and Central America. For four years, she taught English as a Second Language in Panama. She has a B.A. degree in theater from Brooklyn College, most of a M.A. in theatrical costume design from Indiana University and a M.A. in international management from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vt.
She lives in Dummerston, Vt. with her husband and an overly-affectionate cat named Agatha Kitty.