Joyce's Poetry - Autumn Exchange

Appeared in Colorado Country Life - October 2019

Poetry and Other Writings

Aqueduct at Santa Maria - Poem

He and We - Devotional

The Power of Prepositions - Poem

Risk - Devotional


Joyce Holdread


Joyce Holdread is a teacher of English as a Second Language and Spanish both here in the United States and abroad. She traveled and lived in Europe and the Middle East with an international Christian mission organization, and worked with a non-profit organization in Mexico helping to educate poor rural young people. She has a bachelor’s degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and a Master’s in Spanish. She recently finished a certification program in Spanish-English translation through the University of California, San Diego. She has done translation for educational institutions, engineering companies, businesses, women’s clinics, and political entities.


Joyce has been crafting word images all her life—making them pierce, pounce, astound, bounce, connive, charm, defy, dazzle, soothe or soar, maybe even roar. She is a published poet in several literary journals as well as a writer of creative non-fiction. She writes to capture and celebrate the ordinary and wondrous moments, creatures, events, and people of our lives. She also wants to write to raise awareness of and advocate for God’s sons and daughters who’ve endured great injustice. She is grateful to set down roots in one of the most gorgeous places on the planet and so thankful to have discovered the Wolf Creek Christian Writers Network.