Joy Clarkson is the Books and Culture Editor at Plough Quarterly. She hosts Speaking with Joy, a podcast exploring art, theology, and culture, and writes for publications like Christianity Today, Mere Orthodoxy, and Transpositions. Her PhD thesis argued that art can prepare people to die a good death, and her overall research focuses on the intersection between literature, moral formation, and devotional practice. She wrote her debut book Aggressively Happy: A Realist's Guide to Believing in the Goodness of Life (Bethany House Publishers, 2022) because she believes joy is more fundamental than despair. She lives in Oxford, tweets too much, and is probably drinking a cup of Yorkshire Gold Tea at this very moment.