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An Evening of Nonfiction with Joy Castro

Date: 4:30pm EDT October 22, 2013

Joy Castro will be the second guest part of the “Chicano/a & Latino/a Voices Series”


Joy Castro is the author of the memoir The Truth Book, the essay collection Island of Bones, and the literary thrillers Hell or High Water and Nearer Home. She edited the collection Family Trouble: Memoirists on the Hazards and Rewards of Revealing Family, and her work has appeared in Fourth Genre, North American Review, and The New York Times Magazine.  

An associate professor of English and Ethnic Studies, she teaches literature, creative writing, and Latino studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she also serves as the associate director of the Institute for Ethnic Studies.  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, and the University of Iowa MFA in Nonfiction Program.

Her novel Nearer Home, a sequel to Hell or High Water, is forthcoming in 2013 (St. Martin’s), as is a collection she edited, Family Trouble:  Memoirists on the Hazards and Rewards of Revealing Family (University of Nebraska), which includes essays from twenty-five well known memoirists such as Robin Hemley, Sue William Silverman, Judith Ortiz Cofer, and Dinty W. Moore.

She lives with her husband in Lincoln.


This event is free and open to the public. Booksigning to follow.