Green Grapes Black Hands was inspired by her paternal grandfather's journey from Teneha, Texas to Selma, Ca in 1942. He bought his first harmonica in Texas for $.025. Her grandfather lived in the tent cities depicted in the classic movie "The Grapes of Wrath" directed by John Ford and based on the novel written by John Steinbeck. Her grandfather also lived in the first black settlement in California which was Allensworth. Joice's grandfather is still alive at the ripe age of 93. Green Grapes Black Hands is also inspired by her maternal great grandfather William Joseph Harden who arrived in California some time in the early 1900's. Harden started the first and only zoo in Hanford, CA. He also served 14 years in the U.S military. Harden was a Spanish American War veteran and was a member of the 1st US Volunteer Calvary known as the Rough Riders. He was recruited by Lieutenant Colonel Theodore Roosevelt and commanded by Colonel Leonard Wood. He was also apart of Roosevelt's 71st New York Regiment. He served in the 48th Volunteer and 9th Calvary in Cuba and Phillippines ( Buffalo Soldiers). Harden was in France with the 52nd Division during the first World War. Joice began her research on Harden in 1993. William Joseph Harden was born in Atlanta, Georgia on February 9, 1874 and died in Central California on February 14, 1973. This work emerged from the stories,songs, and sayings of her great grandparents, her grandparents, her parents, especially her mother, aunts and great aunts, uncles and great uncles. Lastly, Green Grapes Black Hands is Joice's wrath but also a glimpse into Joice's character and politics.
Jackie Joice writes fiction , non-fiction and is also a spoken word poet and photographer. Her fiction and poetry incorporate her Catholic upbringing which has spawned into a hybridization of religious, witty and provocative writing. She has traveled to Cuba to study African-based religions in Habana and Santiago. She has also visited Ghana, West Africa and observed initiation rituals and interviewed practitioners of tradition based beliefs. In 2004, an excerpt of Joice's erotica novella "Fragaria" written under the moniker "Juniper Sanchez" was workshopped and discussed by her peers in the prestigious Hurston/Wright Writer's Week at Howard University in Washington, DC. Joice's photography reflects her style of writing. Her photographs taken in the city of Juarez were featured in the Badlands literary journal of California State University San Bernardino (Palm Desert Campus) in the Fall 2011 issue. Joice's essay and poem about her visit to Juarez was published in Shout Out: Women of Color Respond to Violence (Seal Press 2008). She has two researched entries in the The Women's Encyclopedia of Third Wave Feminism ( Greenwood Press, 2005). Joice’s novel Kanika’s Burdens was published in 2012. Her poetry was recently included in the literary journal, Song of The San Joaquin ( 2013) and The Lummox Journal ( 2012). Joice was a featured poet at Cal State San Bernardino’s “Take Back The Night” event and UnSilence Autism ( 2013). She has several articles in Loudmouth Magazine ( a feminist magazine based at Cal State University Los Angeles.
The foreword is written by Cesar A. Cruz (teolol)
Cesar A. Cruz is the author of two books, "Norte/Sur: Bang for Freedom," and "Revenge of the Illegal Alien." He was born in Jalisco, Mexico and migrated to the United States at age 9. Mr. Cruz is the Co-Founder of the Homies Empowerment Program in Oakland, CA. and has been an educator for the last 17 years. He sees his role as a simple one; "to comfort the disturbed, and to disturb the comfortable." (MLK) He is not concerned with the accolades, but is proudest to be a father of 3 to Olin, Amaru and Quetzali. He can be reached directly at mailto:[email protected]
Co-Founder, Homies Empowerment
Educational Leadership Doctoral Candidate, Harvard University
The afterword is written by Dr. Matais Pouncil
Dr. Matais Pouncil is a Professor of Educational Leadership, in the College of Education, at California State University, East Bay. He teaches Masters and Doctoral students. Prior to his work at CSU, East Bay he was an administrator at Foothill College, California State University, Long Beach, and he taught Multicultural Education at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Pouncil is the author of "Notes of a Momma’s Boy: Selected Poems" by Matais Pouncil (2001); a contributor to If We Have To Take Tomorrow, edited by Marvin K. White; the dissertation, Acting Black: Black Men and Doctoral Degree Completion (2009), and Transfer Success Stories; Themes, Patterns and Connections (2011). He is an arts advocate and organizer and the former Chair of the City of Oakland Cultural Affairs Commission, appointed by Mayor Ron Dellums. He is a member of 100 Black Men, Inc and founder of the Baldwin Project – an art, culture, and education enrichment institute for black youth – with programming in Oakland and Long Beach. Since 1992 he has been a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Dr. Pouncil attended Southern University, in Baton Rouge, LA, California State University, Long Beach, and he is the first African American man to earn an Ed.D. from the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Pouncil recently completed the Management Development Program (MDP) at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.