Joy Castro

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Joy Castro is a memoirist best known for her memoir The Truth Book: Escaping a Childhood of Abuse Among Jehovah's Witnesses, published in 2005. In addition to non-fiction, she also writes poetry and short fiction, and has published two novels, Hell or High Water and Nearer Home, a book of short stories, How Winter Began, and a collection of essays, Island of Bones.[1]

She earned her B.A. at Trinity University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in literature at Texas A&M University.

In 2007, she joined the faculty at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she is currently a professor with a joint appointment in English and Ethnic Studies.


Born in Miami, raised in England and West Virginia, and educated in Texas, Joy Castro is the award-winning author of two literary thrillers set in post-Katrina New Orleans, Hell or High Water and Nearer Home and two memoirs, The Truth Book and Island of Bones. Her work has appeared in magazines including Fourth Genre, North American Review, Afro-Hispanic Review, and the New York Times Magazine. Winner of the Nebraska Book Award and an International Latino Book Award, Finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award, and editor of the anthology Family Trouble, she teaches creative writing, literature, and Latino studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.[2]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-02-09. Retrieved 2008-11-02.  (Official Site)
  2. ^ Editor, The. "Joy Castro: How Winter Began". Sliver of Stone Magazine. Retrieved 2016-03-16.