Meet Joe Costal

Daddy, Hubby, Teacher, Writer & Speaker

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


Joe’s writing has appeared in dozens of magazines, journals and websites. Most recently in GlassworksWatershed ReviewPainted Bride QuarterlyBarrelhousePhiladelphia Stories and The Maine Review.  

Joe is a 2019 Pushcart Prize nominee. 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, The Garden State Press Association & 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 work all over the mid-Atlantic, at readings sponsored by Writers & WordsPainted Bride QuarterlyMoonstone PoetryPhiladelphia City Institute to name just a few.

Joe is also honored to be involved with the GrubStreet community of writers in Boston. At last 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 HoodStephen McCauleyMameve 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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