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Joy Castro

Joy Castro is author of the literary thrillers Hell or High Water, Nearer Home, and Flight Risk; the short fiction collection How Winter Began; the memoir The Truth Book; and the essay collection Island of Bones, which received an International Latino Book Award. Her historical thriller about the nineteenth-century Cuban anti-colonial insurgency in Key West, One Brilliant Flame, was published in 2023.

Castro is editor of the Machete series in literary nonfiction at the Ohio State University Press and edited the anthology Family Trouble: Memoirists on the Hazards and Rewards of Revealing Family. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Ploughshares, Salon, Afro-Hispanic Review, Seneca Review, and the New York Times Magazine, among others.

She is currently the Willa Cather Professor of Ethnic Studies and English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she directs the Institute for Ethnic Studies.

selected bibliography

One Brilliant Flame by Joy Castro
One Brilliant Flame (2023)
Flight Risk by Joy Castro
Flight Risk (2021)
Island of Bones by Joy Castro
Island of Bones (2012)
The Truth Book by Joy Castro
The Truth Book (2005)

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online resources

Joy Castro’s website

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