Josephine Nobisso's first story appeared in a national magazine when she was 18. Since then, she has published over forty books, mostly for children, and also three pseudonymous novels for adults. She has published several articles about writing, and her greatest authorial pride lies in having been acknowledged in six books by fellow authors. Each year, to rave evaluations, Joi (pronounced “Joey”) conducts about 100 programs, a mix of writing workshops in "The Nobisso Recommendations: Guiding Students to Write in Their Authentic Voices," part of which comes to life in Show; Don't Tell! Secrets of Writing, and a highly-visual author’s presentation.

The author received teaching certification from the State University of  New York at New Paltz, and studied languages in Urbino, Italy, and in France and Austria. She is fluent in Italian, and often translates others’ work from that language. The National Catholic Educational Association named her "Distinguished Graduate," and Delta Kappa Gamma—the international society of honored teachers— named her "Friend of Education," for "someone outside the profession who has worked significantly toward improving the educational opportunities of others, and who has given outstanding service to promoting quality education." Ms. Nobisso was a recent nominee for the New York State Library Association’s Knickerbocker Award.

The author has been a long-standing member of The Author's Guild and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and she co-founded  the Long Island Children's Writers and Illustrators group. In 2004, Ms. Nobisso was appointed to the American Library Association-Children’s Book Council joint committee. She regularly conducts staff development workshops and is a speaker at commencements, college courses, and conferences in the USA and abroad

Born February 9, 1953, in the Bronx, Ms. Nobisso homeschooled her daughter, Maria Nicotra, the Art Director of Gingerbread House, which they founded together. She and her family live in the tiny hamlet of Quiogue, on the shores of the East End of Long Island, New York.  

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