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About me...

Joyce Newell Sundheim is proud of her Native American heritage which is Mohawk and Penobscot. She has been involved with journalism since her college days when she wrote for the University of Tampa's Minaret and then the Tampa Daily Times in 1956-57. After raising a family of four children, she returned to studies at the University of South Florida for a degree in Criminal Justice in 1975 and worked for the Florida State Department of Health and Rehabilitation Services as a case manager for juvenile delinquents for 18 years. 


Since retirement in 1994, she has been involved with several creative endeavors to include: the teaching of Wire-Wrapped Jewelry, creating hand-loomed Indian Weavings, garden art, gardening & landscaping, and creative writing classes.


She has traversed most of the United States including a 15,000-mile road trip to Alaska from Sarasota, Florida, and vacationed in countries in Europe and Central America. She is a grateful survivor of cervical cancer and a heart attack; practicing meditation and visualizing peace one day at a time. She began her foray into oil painting while on a vacation in Oregon in 2014 and it is her newest escape from reality. 


Her Indian name is Kassanonkwas, a Mohawk name given by her parents. She writes poetry and episodes about her life in addition to the recent completion of her father's biography.

I am a member of Florida Writers Association. Their website is

I was just featured as a Local Author at the

Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library

Featured Author
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