Joyce Abell

Prickly Roses: Stories from a Life


Joyce Abell, author of Prickly Roses, was born in 1925 in New York City and spent her childhood shuttled between parents and grandparents, living many places, from a farm in Connecticut to an embassy in Albania. After a teaching career, she and her husband moved to Rappahannock County, VA, and became organic farmers. Joyce was a founding member of Rappahannock Arts and Community Theatre, she created and co-directed “No Ordinary Person,” a dramatic reading series highlighting autobiographical stories by local citizens, still running as of 2017.