Nebraska Authors

Joy Castro

Born 1967 Miami, FL (USA)

Born in Miami and raised in West Virginia, Joy Castro is the author of the memoirs The Truth Book and Island of Bones, the literary thrillers Hell or High Water, Nearer Home, and Flight Risk, the short fiction collection How Winter Began, and the historical fiction One Brilliant Flame. Editor of the anthology Family Trouble: Memoirists on the Hazards and Rewards of Revealing Family.

Places Lived

Miami, FL
West Virginia
Lincoln, NE

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry


Creative Nonfiction; Short Fiction, Novels; Literary Criticism; Women's Studies; Memoir; Ethnic Studies; Latinx and Latina Literature


Bachelor of Arts, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX
Master of Arts, Texas A & M University, College Station, TX
Ph.D., Texas A & M University, College Station, TX


Associate Professor of English at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, since 2007

Places Worked

Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IN
University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Charles Gordone Award for Poetry
Frank B. Vogel Scholarship in nonfiction at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference
International Latino Book Award
Nebraska Book Award
Finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award
Willa Cather Professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln


The Truth Book: A Memoir. 2005.
Hell or High Water. 2012.
Island of Bones, Essays. 2012.
Nearer Home. 2013.
Family Trouble: Memoirists on the Hazards and Rewards of Revealing Family. 2013. (editor)
How Winter Began: Stories. 2015.
Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology, 1867-2017. 2017. (Contributor)
Flight Risk. 2021.
One Brilliant Flame. 2023.

Has published stories and essays in Mid-American Review, North American Review, Cream City Review, Chelsea, Quarterly West, Salon, The New York Times Magazine, and others.

Ames Reading Series from October 22, 2023:

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