Black and white photo of Joy CastroBio

Born in Miami, raised in England and West Virginia, and educated in Texas, Joy Castro is the award-winning author of the memoir The Truth Book, two literary thrillers set in post-Katrina New Orleans: Hell or High Water and Nearer Home, the essay collection Island of Bones, and the short fiction collection How Winter Began. Her work has appeared in venues including Ploughshares, Senses of Cinema, Brevity, Fourth Genre, North American Review, SalonAfro-Hispanic Review, Gulf Coast, and the New York Times Magazine. Winner of the Nebraska Book Award and an International Latino Book Award, Finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award, an alternate for the Berlin Prize, editor of the anthology Family Trouble, and a former Writer in Residence at Vanderbilt University, she’s the Willa Cather Professor of English and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she teaches creative writing, literature, and Latinx studies.

Photo credit: Shae Sackman


Chapter 16 interview with Erica Wright

Los Angeles Review of Books interview with Alex Espinoza

Sliver of Stone interview with Lynne Barrett

La Bloga interview with Amelia María de la Luz Montes

Make/Work interview with Scott Pinkmountain

“Six Writers on Social Class” by Lorraine M. López in Vela