"['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
- About -
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 (upcoming spring 2023). 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) at Hotchkiss, Daily, & Associates. Follow her on Twitter at @JoyBaglio. Read a longer bio & artist statement here.
- Short Stories -
- "Box of Ghosts" in The Bureau Dispatch (Fall, 2022)
- "They Could Have Been Yours" in The Missouri Review (spring, 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)
- Writing Newsletter -
Welcome! Alone in a Room is my monthly writing newsletter/Substack, featuring craft musings, original writing prompts, what I'm reading and thinking about, upcoming events, and general inspirational/literary goodness! It's free to subscribe, and you'll receive the latest issue delivered direct to your inbox! (If you don't see it, make sure to check spam & promotions folders.)
- Upcoming & Recent News -
November: Joy has received a Ragdale residency for August 2023. She will also be a featured reader in The Italian American Writers Association (IAWA)'s Reading Series at I Am Books in Boston, on November 19. Another tidbit of good news this month: Her inverted ghost story, "They Could Have Been Yours", first published in The Missouri Review (spring 2022) is forthcoming as a reprint in Apex Magazine! Lastly, an excerpt from Joy's novel-in-progress (The House of Love) received an Honorable Mention in CRAFT's recent First Chapters contest!
October: Joy's very short ghost/mortality story "Box of Ghosts" appeared in The Bureau Dispatch (Volume 04: Field Notes).
June: Joy will be the Kerouac Project's Spring 2023 Writer-in-Residence, and will spend March - May of 2023 living/writing in Jack Kerouac's house in Orlando.
May 31: Joy was interviewed by Constance Malloy of The Burning Hearth this month, about her writing journey, speculative fiction, ghosts & the supernatural, fear, and her forthcoming short story "They Could Have Been Yours" (coming this spring in The Missouri Review).
May/June 2022: Joy's inverted ghost story "They Could Have Been Yours" - about social media voyeurism, exes, weddings, and a haunted ring - is in the current spring 2022 issue of The Missouri Review! (Digital issue featuring a recording of Joy reading the story - she's proud of this reading!) Order issue here!
April 2022: An excerpt from Joy's in-progress novel The Ghost Inside (working title) made the longlist at The Master's Review Novel Excerpt Contest.
- 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.
- Connect -
- Upcoming Virtual Events -
Community Writing at Pioneer Valley Writers' Workshop (link)
Ongoing: First Friday of Every Month (6 - 7:30pm ET); virtual
- Alone in a Room: Newsletter -
Welcome! Alone in a Room is my monthly writing newsletter, featuring craft musings, original writing prompts, what I'm reading and thinking about, upcoming events, and general inspirational/literary goodness! Visit Alone in A Room Page / First Post!