One Brilliant Flame Book Tour, Spring 2023

Wednesday, January 25
University of Tampa
Ferman Center for the Arts
Tampa, Florida

Saturday, January 28
Sunshine State Book Festival
400 NW 53rd Ave.
Gainesville, Florida

Friday, February 10
Reading & local launch party
Francie & Finch Bookshop
Lincoln, Nebraska

Saturday, February 11
Discussion of the book’s political issues
Indigo Bridge
Lincoln, Nebraska

Saturday, April 15
San Antonio Book Festival
San Antonio, Texas


Joy Castro keynoted the Hands On Literary Festival and Masquerade Ball in New Orleans and has given readings and craft talks on crime fiction and memoir at the Miami Book Fair International, the In Print Festival at Ball State University, the Southwest Florida Reading Festival, and the Downtown Omaha Lit Fest.

She has served as a visiting writer at institutions including East Carolina University, Florida International University, Grinnell College, Lewis & Clark College, Ohio State University, Pomona College, Portland State University, Purdue University, Seattle Pacific University, Susquehanna University, University of Kansas, University of Montevallo, University of Northern Iowa, Vanderbilt University, and Washington College.


Joy Castro has given craft talks, readings, and lectures at Grub Street’s Muse and Marketplace Conference in Boston, the Annual Conference on the Americas, the Human Rights Day Conference, the Kentucky Women Writers Conference, the John R. Milton Writers’ Conference at the University of South Dakota, the Associated Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference, the Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) Conference, the Eudora Welty Writers’ Symposium at Mississippi University for Women, the Modern Languages Association (MLA) Convention, and NonfictioNOW.


Joy Castro has taught creative writing workshops at the A Room of Her Own retreat in New Mexico, Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference in Alaska, the Kentucky Women Writers Conference, the Macondo Writers Workshop, the University of Seville, the University of Iowa Creative Nonfiction Program, the Nebraska Summer Writers’ Conference, and The Ecology of Residency in Wyoming.

At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she is joint-appointed in the Department of English and the Institute for Ethnic Studies, she received the UNL Annis Chaikin Sorensen Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2011 and the UNL College of Arts & Sciences Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Award in 2013. In 2014, she was promoted to full professor.