Category Joy’s Work

Article On Anaïs Nin

My article on Anais Nin for Alta Magazine is now online! For decades, Anaïs Nin was married to two different men on separate coasts of the United States. Neither man knew about the other. She called this complicated situation her…

Short Story: Jack and the Candlestick

I have a short story up at Marrow Magazine titled JACK AND THE CANDLESTICK. It’s about a ghost stuck in a candlestick, a medieval executioner, and a peasant girl. There’s also an interview with me about the story that you…

Essay In Prairie Schooner

Very happy to have an essay in the most recent issue Prairie Schooner. It’s about my experiences dealing with the California wild fires, including evacuations and the ongoing weirdness and tragedy of climate change.

unboxing video Joy Lanzendorfer Right Back Where We Started From

PAPERBACK of Right Back Where We Started From!

PAPERBACKS of Right Back Where We Started From! Here I am opening the box of paperbacks of my novel, Right Back Where We Started From! They're coming out August 16! I'm almost more excited about the paperback than I was…

Los Angeles Press Club award

Flight of the Condors Is A Finalist

My article Flight of the Condors, originally published in Alta Magazine, was a finalist in the 64th Southern California Journalism Awards. Read the full list of winners here.


Alta Article: Tin Can Mailman

For Alta Magazine, I wrote an ode to my favorite childhood bookstore, Tin Can Mailman in Arcata, California. I also wrote a round-up of North Coast Bookstores.

Interview In The Rumpus

I was interviewed by the fabulous Frances Badalamenti in The Rumpus! We talked about greed, ambition, and the “unlikable” female characters in my novel Right Back Where We Started From. Read the interview here.

Joy Lanzendorfer's writing chair


Today is the one-year anniversary of the publication of my novel, RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM. And in honor of that anniversary, I want to show you my office chair. Yes. I need a new office chair. I show…

Video Screenshot Mark Twain Bret Harte

Alta Live: Why Mark Twain Canceled Bret Harte

I was invited by Alta Magazine to discuss my article When Mark Twain Canceled Bret Harte on Alta Live. I was joined by Russell Jeung, professor of Asian American studies and one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of…

Article: Make It Rain

For Alta Magazine I wrote about cloud seeding. Did you know we already have the ability to increase precipitation in clouds? And that we’ve been doing it since the 1950s? And that the technology was invented by Kurt Vonnegut’s brother?…