Recent and Upcoming Events
Big news! I'm thrilled to share that my debut novel, 37, was published October 1, 2021, by Guernica World Editions.
Upcoming November Events:
Thursday, November 18 at noon via Zoom
Exploring the Jewish Experience through Creativity, with Joy Cohen
Click here for more information and to register.
Throughout the month of November, an interview with me, hosted by the wonderful Melinda Moulton, will be aired on On the Waterfront with Melinda, CCTV Channel 17:
In-person event! Meet Vermont playwright and author Joy Cohen and enjoy a reading and Q&A about her newly published and highly praised novel, 37, "inventive literary fiction combined with contemporary and historical fiction, think Cloud Atlas meets Eat,
The Middlebury Inn, 16 Court Square, Middlebury, VT
Friday, October 15
Virtual Event! I'm honored to have been invited to present at the Louisville Book Festival on October 22-23! Tune in all weekend for amazing authors and presentations. I will be reading on the 23rd from 2:50-3:05. More information here!
We had a wonderful Virtual Book Launch Celebration, Wednesday, September 29 and an inspiring Group Launch with other Guernica authors on October 3! Information and Registration here: www.phoenixbooks.biz/event/joy-cohen-37
Read the synopsis of 37 here!
Watch the 37 book trailer here!
37 is now available through your local independent bookstores! And...
Amazon - Barnes&Noble - Chapters - Book Depository - Waterstones - Books a Million
Advanced Praise for 37:
Reviews on Goodreads here!
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
09/24 and 9/29 I am humbled that the Writers Guild Initiative posted TWO interviews with me! Please see them here:
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