Joyce Hackett is a writer and activist living in the Berkshires.  A former member Community Board 9 in NY, she is the creator of several large public education projects, including Washington Write-a-Story Day.  She's also the founder of Lift+Every+Vote, which offers average activists concrete opportunities to help protect our democracy's critical infrastructure.  It's focused on the basics of voting: registration, and now has close to 1100 members in 21 states.  Most recently, she served as the Automatic Voter Registration Organizer for Common Cause MA, which led the Election Modernization Coalition's successful effort to pass AVR in MA. Her mission is to leave behind universal suffrage.

Joyce Hackett’s fiction and essays have been published in 17 countries, including in  Harpers, The Guardian, The Independent, The Paris Review, London Magazine, Die WeltDer Tagespiegel, and on NPR.  Her widely acclaimed novel, Disturbance of the Inner Ear, won the Janet Heidiger Kafka Prize for Fiction by an American Woman. She’s been awarded fellowships at the American Academy Berlin, the Netherlands Institute for the Arts and Sciences, the MacDowell Colony, Ragdale, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Schloss Wiepersdorf. She has taught creative writing in Germany, the UK, and at multiple universities in the U.S., including George Washington University, where she was the Jenny McKean Moore Writer-in-Residence. Her novel-in-progress, Reconstruction, explores the ways that the suffrage and abolition movements collaborated and competed, supporting and undermining each other.