"['They Could Have Been Yours'] is the kind of short story that makes me want to jump onto my desk and shout: The American short story is alive and well!"
- Speer Morgan, Editor of The Missouri Review (Read as a reprint in Apex)
JOY BAGLIO (BAH - lee - oh) is a speculative-literary fiction writer and proud Leo living in Northampton, MA. Her short stories have appeared in The Missouri Review, Tin House, American Short Fiction, Conjunctions, The Iowa Review, Gulf Coast, TriQuarterly, New Ohio Review, PANK, SmokeLong Quarterly, Fairy Tale Review, and elsewhere. Recent honors include fellowships from Yaddo, Vermont Studio Center, The Elizabeth George Foundation, The Speculative Literature Foundation, and The Kerouac Project, where she is currently the spring 2023 writer-in-residence living in the Orlando bungalow where Jack Kerouac wrote Dharma Bums. Joy has also been a recent scholar at the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers' Conferences. She holds an MFA from The New School and is the founder of the literary arts organization Pioneer Valley Writers' Workshop. She is at work on a genre-bending collection of short stories and two novels and is represented by Peter Steinberg at United Talent Agency (UTA) and Sean Daily (for film/TV). Follow her on Twitter at @JoyBaglio. Longer bio / artist statement here.
- "They Could Have Been Yours" in Apex Magazine (Spring 2023 | First published in The Missouri Review, Spring, 2022)
- "Speech Lessons" in Ghost Parachute (April, 2023)
- "Men" in Ghost Parachute (March, 2023)
- "Box of Ghosts" in The Bureau Dispatch (Fall, 2022)
- "Before" in The Fairy Tale Review (spring, 2022)
- "The Jackal" in Conjunctions (October 2021) - Spanish translation by Manuel Calvillo de la Garzo, at Leer Mas Cuentos
- "House of Stars" in Gulf Coast (Sumer/Fall, 2020)
- "Belly of the Beast" in American Short Fiction (November 2019)
- "A Boy Who Does Not Remember His Father" - in SmokeLong Quarterly (June 2018)
- "Ron” in Tin House (Spring 2018 Candy Issue)
- “End Grain” in The Iowa Review (Winter 2017/2018)
- “We Are Trying to Understand You” in TriQuarterly (Winter 2018)
- “Night Circus” in PANK (2016)
- “How to Survive on Land” in New Ohio Review (2016)
- “The Forgiveness Machine” in F(r)iction (2016)
- “Squirrel, Leopard, Goat” in Tin House The Open Bar (2015)
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Upcoming & Recent News
May 20: Joy will give a public Farewell Reading at The Kerouac House (1418 Clouser Ave. Orlando, FL). She will share from work she's developed while in residence at Jack Kerouac's house this spring. Reading begins at 7pm.
May 10: Joy will be a featured reader at the Short Attention Span Storytelling Hour at Stardust Cafe & Video in Winter Park, Orlando, hosted by Writers of Central Florida. Join early to sign up for the open mic!
April 1: Joy's flash story "Speech Lessons" - about coin collecting and letting go, featuring more tongue twisters than you thought could fit in a story - is in the April issue of Ghost Parachute!
March 18: Joy has arrived at The Kerouac House in Orlando, where she'll be the spring writer-in-residence, and was given a warm welcome by writers and community members at Jack's house. She'll be working on finishing a novel and a short story collection during her residency.
March 17: Joy's inverted ghost story, "They Could Have Been Yours," first published in The Missouri Review (spring 2022) is appears as a reprint in the latest issue of Apex Magazine!
March 1: Joy's flash fiction "Men" is in the March issue of Ghost Parachute, accompanied by artwrok by Brett J. Barr.
Pioneer Valley Writers' Workshop
In 2016, Joy founded Pioneer Valley Writers' Workshop, a literary arts organization and community based in the Pioneer Valley of Western MA / Northampton MA (now completely virtual) - offering a changing schedule of writing workshops in all genres, literary readings & events, manuscript consulting services, and a 10-Long Manuscript Program. PVWW now has over thirty author-instructors teaching virtually, as well as close to a hundred workshops and classes each year. It welcomes writers of all levels and genres. Joy leads a monthly generative Community Writing gathering (live via Zoom) that's free to attend.
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