About Joe Costal

Joe Costal is an award-winning writer, speaker and educator. Connect with him on Twitter @JoeCostal or on Facebook.

E-mail: joecostal@yahoo.com

He has won “Best Daddy in the World” for the past eleven consecutive years (as voted on by a simple majority of Costal children during an annual Father’s Day quorum).

Joe’s writing has appeared in dozens of magazines, journals and websites. Most recently in Barrelhouse, Philadelphia Stories and The Maine Review.  An excerpt from his unpublished novel is forthcoming in Painted Bride Quarterly. Joe is a regular contributor to Quirk Books website.  His writing has also won honors and distinction from Rowan University (where he graduated with an MA in Public Relations/Advertising & a BA in English), Rider University Hispanic Writers’ Conference, Wesleyan University & blackHEART magazine. 

Joe’s poetry appears in Challenges for the Delusional II, an anthology featuring the work of poet Peter Murphy, and work inspired by his writing workshops and getaway. He has read his poetry at reading series sponsored by Painted Bride Quarterly, Moonstone Poetry and upcoming at the Philadelphia City Institute. In September, he will read with the Writers and Words series at Charmington’s in Baltimore.

Joe is honored to be involved with the GrubStreet community of writers in Boston. At this year’s The Muse & Marketplace conference, he presented “Reppin’: Minority Writers on Responsibility, Hypocrisy and the Voices in Our Heads.” Last year, he was honored to attend as a Visiting Writer scholarship winner, where Joe also won the “First Page Competition” judged by Ann Hood, Stephen McCauley, Mameve Medwed & Sebastian Stuart.  

Joe supervises the Humanities at Oakcrest High School in Mays Landing, the same high school where he was named Teacher of the Year & Rookie Teacher of the Year. He also teaches writing at Richard Stockton University and has taught Organizational Leadership at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.



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