Recent and Upcoming Events
Big news! I'm thrilled to share that my upcoming novel, 37, will be published October 1, 2021, by Guernica World Editions.
Read the synopsis here!
Watch the 37 book trailer here!
37 is now available for pre-order through your local bookstores! Or...
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Advanced Praise for 37
Joy Cohen has captured a particular year of both hope and despair, the great escape from the hardships of life in the Depression through the promise of the Golden Gate Bridge and the freedom of the Whale ... An intimate look at oppression, the ways peoples’ identities are used against them, and the will to overcome the challenges of the human condition. No more; no less: A great story!
—John Hilferty, recipient of a Pulitzer Prize
Beautifully written. What I admire most are the characters: Emma, Señor Haube,
Vitale and his family, most of all Teo—a great creation. The details and images are
fresh and sharp. The historical background rings true. The sentences are strong and
elegant, and Cohen’s affection for her people comes shining through.
—Howard Frank Mosher, recipient of a Guggenheim, a National
Endowment for the Arts fellowship, A Vermont’s Governor’s Award, an
NAACP award, and a New England Book Award
I was commissioned by the wonderful Theatre Kavanah to write a play about the multifaceted, many layered, compelling story of The Lost Shul Mural, painted by Lithuanian immigrant Ben Zion Black in 1910. Of the Better Kind was performed as an enhanced staged reading May 19-21 2017. I was also a grateful recent recipient of a Burlington City Arts Community Fund grant, which helped support several public events related to my play. Here's some of the great press we received:
Burlington Free Press
Of the Better Kind is currently out on submission to theater companies around the country.
I'm in the process of trying to assemble a team of folks with creative and financial expertise to get the film version of Anna's Journal produced and eventually marketed. If you have an interest in joining us, or have any recommendations, please contact me.
Here are links to some articles about the World Premiere of Anna's Journal, presented as a staged production:
Burlington Free Press