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 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, and editor of the anthology Family Trouble, she’s the Susan J. Rosowski Professor of English and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she teaches creative writing, literature, and Latinx studies.  She currently serves as the Writer in Residence at Vanderbilt University.

Photo credit: Shae Sackman


Chapter 16 interview with Erica Wright

Indianola Review interview with Amy Brady

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

In Her Room interview with Sara Blackthorne

Make/Work interview with Scott Pinkmountain

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