Born in Miami, Joy Castro is the author of The Truth Book: A Memoir (University of Nebraska), the New Orleans literary thrillers Hell or High Water and Nearer Home (St. Martin’s), and the essay collection Island of Bones (University of Nebraska). Her short fiction collection How Winter Began is forthcoming from University of Nebraska Press in September 2015. Her work has appeared in anthologies and in journals including Salon, Seneca Review, Fourth Genre, North American Review, Brevity, Afro-Hispanic Review, and The New York Times Magazine.
Her New Orleans thrillers have been
optioned for film and television by a team that includes Zoe Saldaña. Hell or High Water has appeared in German from Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag, and both novels will appear in French from Gallimard's Série Noire.
Her edited collection, Family Trouble: Memoirists on the Hazards and Rewards of Revealing Family (University of Nebraska), includes essays from twenty-five well known memoirists such as Robin Hemley, Sue William Silverman, Judith Ortiz Cofer, and Dinty W. Moore.
She teaches creative writing, literature, and Latino studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she will serve as the director of the Institute for Ethnic Studies this fall. She was a founding faculty member of the Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program at Pine Manor College in Boston, where she taught for three years, and has led classes and workshops at the Macondo Writers’ Workshop, the Nebraska Summer Writers Conference, the University of Seville, Grub Street, and the University of Iowa MFA in Nonfiction Program.
She lives with her husband in Lincoln.