Joy Wright Abbott is at work on a novel titled “Somewhere in the Middle of Leviticus,” a Southern Gothic coming-of-age tale set in the Ozarks of the mid-1970s. Joy’s poetry and short non-fiction have appeared on Best American Poetry blog, in Voices in the Attic Anthology, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. She hones her craft as a frequent participant in the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program’s Massive On-line Open classrooms; Carlow University’s Madwomen in the Attic program; the Todos Santos Writers Workshop in Baja California Sur (MEX) and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. She is a two-time Resident at the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow in Eureka Springs, AR. Before she began writing full-time five years ago, Ms. Abbott worked for twenty years as a Land Use and Community Planning professional, and ten years as a Mental Health Services provider. She holds Masters degrees in Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (cum laude) from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She lives in the Squirrel Hill South neighborhood of Pittsburgh.
Type of Writing
women's fiction, novella, magical realism, literary, non-fiction, NF: essay, fiction, historical, creative non-fiction, NF: history/war/politics, NF: Professional mags/journals, poetry, NF: art/music, humor, NF: travel/photography, NF: cook, food, wine, beer, spirits, NF: nature/trails/expolartions/field study, short stories, NF: home, garden