Joy Baglio /
March 16, 2022
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About The Author

Joy Baglio

Joy Baglio is a fiction writer and the founder of the Pioneer Valley Writers’ Workshop. Her stories have appeared in Tin House, American Short Fiction, Conjunctions, The Iowa Review, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere. Her writing has been supported by Yaddo, the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the Vermont Studio Center, among others. She is working on a collection of fabulist short stories and a novel about ghosts.

The first book I was obsessed with was a book of Russian fairy tales by renowned folklorist Alexander Afanasyev, collected in the mid 19th century and accompanied by striking Bilibin illustrations: Baba Yaga, Ivan Tsarevitch and the Firebird, Koschei the Deathless. But it was Hans Christian Andersen’s “Little Mermaid” that helped me realize the kind of stories I loved most: stories where the longing leaps off the page, where defiance and striving in the face of the impossible somehow—through pure determination—lead to transformation.