Joy Castro is the award-winning author of the 2023 historical thriller One Brilliant Flame, a story of Key West in the 1800s; the Appalachian novel Flight Risk, a finalist for a 2022 International Thriller Award; the post-Katrina New Orleans literary thrillers Hell or High Water, which received the Nebraska Book Award, and Nearer Home, which have both been published in France by Gallimard’s historic Série Noire; the short fiction collection How Winter Began; the memoir The Truth Book; and the essay collection Island of Bones, which received the International Latino Book Award and was a Finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award. She is also editor of the craft anthology Family Trouble: Memoirists on the Hazards and Rewards of Revealing Family and the founding series editor of Machete, a series in innovative literary nonfiction at The Ohio State University Press. She served as the guest judge of CRAFT‘s first Creative Nonfiction Award, and her fiction, essays, and criticism have appeared in venues including Ploughshares, The Brooklyn Rail, Senses of Cinema, Salon, Gulf Coast, Brevity, Afro-Hispanic Review, Seneca Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, and The New York Times Magazine. A former Writer-in-Residence at Vanderbilt University, she is currently the Willa Cather Professor of English and Ethnic Studies (Latinx Studies) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she directs the Institute for Ethnic Studies.
- Plotting and Drafting the Literary Thriller: A Generative Workshop
- Making the Marble: A Generative Workshop in Flash Memoir