I am a figure skating coach and former national competitor in Ice Dance and Pair with my older brother, Brad. I teach mostly ice dance, moves, stroking and edgework. I hold a Master Rating from the Professional Skaters Association in Moves in the Field. 

I grew up in a tiny farm town in Wisconsin, population 3,000 (we trained in Madison, WI, Janesville, WI, and then at the University of Delaware) and now I live in suburb north of  New York City.

Before coaching became my full-time gig, I sold books in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware; peddled T-shirts on the streets of Galway, Ireland;  wrote advertising copy for gold mines in Denver, Colorado; pleasantly answered phones while wearing a headset in Boston; and taught writing to fourth graders and college students at various schools around New York. My two favorite forms of punctuation are Ellipses and Parentheses (but this is probably obvious…)

I hold a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. I am currently working on a memoir called “Skate At Your Own Risk” about competing in both dance and pair with my brother: the anxieties, the disappointments, the many injuries, and, of course, lots of laughter.

My freelance articles and essays have appeared in Slate.com, Skating Magazine, Professional Skater Magazine, on Ice Skating International, icenetwork.com, uppereast.com, diybride.com, and The White Plains Times.

My fiction has appeared in JANE,  Roanoke Review, Literal Latte, and on Pindeldyboz. My work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and anthologized in Tartts 2 by Livingston Press.

My humor writing has appeared on yankeepotroast.org.

Thank you for reading this site (and this bio.) I can be contacted directly at:

joc1400 at yahoo dot com


12 Responses to “Jocelyn Jane Cox Bio”

  1. Rachelle Says:

    you’re cool. i like u.

  2. Peter Says:

    I realise that Skating can be a tough profession, working long hours in a harsh environment, but surely not as demanding as selling T-shirts in the City of the Tribes?

    best wishes

    Peter Kennedy

    Ps. No relation of the famous US Olympic skater!

  3. BA Says:

    Impressive bio, Jocelyn. I cannot wait to read the books you are currently writing! They are sure to both be page turners.
    Good luck!

  4. Per A. Says:

    Can’t wait for the book sounds like a great idea!

  5. Trevor Says:

    It was great to finally meet you at the PSA Conference in Chicago. Good luck with all your projects and keep in touch. Great blog!!

  6. I-sk8r Says:


    My husband and I fondly remember our first trip to Ireland, including our run-in with what we called the “Girl Gangs of Galway”. Did you hang out on Quay Street much? Maybe we have met before the PSA conference…… 🙂 If your book is half as interesting as your bio, I’m buying!


  7. steve crane Says:

    oh my god! this is the best news! i am so proud of you! steve

  8. Dorian Valles Says:

    Just found your blog and love it-keep up the good work!

  9. Beatrice Says:

    Hey! Wow! You use to be my coach at the westchester ice skating arena! You were the best !

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