David Joy was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1983. Joy moved to Cullowhee, North Carolina in 2003 to study literature at Western Carolina University. He received a BA in Literature in 2007 and an MA in Professional Writing in 2009. He mentored under Deidre Elliott, Ron Rash, and Pamela Duncan.
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The River of Kings (2017)
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