Joy Baglio is a fiction writer living in Northampton, MA, interested in the overlap between the natural world and the fantastic. Her short stories have appeared recently in Tin House, The Iowa Review, TriQuarterly, Tin House's The Open Bar, New Ohio Review, PANK, SmokeLong Quarterly, and elsewhere, and she is the recipient of grants and scholarships from The Bread Loaf Writers' Workshop, The Elizabeth George Foundation, and The Speculative Literature Foundation. She serves as an associate fiction editor at West Branch, a Grub Street writing instructor, and Founder/Director of Pioneer Valley Writers' Workshop, where she also teaches. She's at work on a collection of short stories and a novel about three half-mermaid siblings, identity, origins, and the ocean (based on her short story "How to Survive on Land). Read her full bio here!
- Recent News -
April 30: Joy is named one of Business West's 40 Under 40, an award that honors young civic and business leaders in Massachusetts' Pioneer Valley.
April 1: Joy's short story "Ron" (published in Tin House last spring) is featured in Seth Fried's piece, The Funniest Writing You Haven't Read, for Electric Literature.
February 20: Joy is the winner of the 2019 Teach! Write! Play! Fellowship at Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing, and will be attending MVICW's summer conference from June 9 - 15.
January - April: Joy is on the admissions board for the 2019 Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.
November 17: Joy was a panelist at WriteAngles Conference at Mount Holyoke College.
September 28: Joy was interviewed by Sara Rauch at The Art of Landing on her reading preferences as associate fiction editor for West Branch.
September 12: Joy was a featured reader in HIP Lit's Summer Series finale - an official Brooklyn Book Fest event - at Nowadays, in Brooklyn NY.
August 15-25: Joy attended the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference as the Margaret Bridgeman Scholar in Fiction. She was honored to be able to study with Laura Van Den Berg and for the opportunity to read her work in The Little Theater alongside the other scholars.
June 18, 2018: Joy's flash fiction, "A Boy Who Does Not Remember His Father," appears in Issue Sixty of SmokeLong Quarterly, where it was a finalist for The SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash Fiction. An author interview with Joy - by Mary Henn of SmokeLong Quarterly - also appears with the story.
April 21, 2018: Joy read alongside other Tin House candy issue contributors at Think Coffee on 4/21, as part of PEN America's Lit Crawl, NYC.
April 11, 2018: Joy's flash fiction stories - "Belly of the Beast" and "Box of Ghosts" - were both finalists in American Short Fiction's annual flash fiction contest.
March 1, 2018: Joy's short story, "Ron," is featured in Tin House's candy issue.
January 16, 2018: Joy joined West Branch as an Associate Fiction Editor.
January 15, 2018: Joy's short story "We Are Trying to Understand You" - about sentient AI and the last woman on earth - was in the current issue of TriQuarterly (153| Winter/Spring 2018).
January 8, 2018: Joy received a generous grant from The Elizabeth George Foundation in support of her novel-in-progress HOW TO SURVIVE ON LAND. The grant will primarily be used for research-related travel and writing time.
January 4, 2018: Joy's short story "End Grain" appeared in the Winter 2017/2018 issue of The Iowa Review!