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


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 recently joined the staff of Barrelhouse as an Assistant Editor. He is a regular contributor to Quirk Books website, and his writing/poetry has most recently appeared in The Maine Review, Philadelphia Stories, Pif Magazine & Ponder Review. Joe’s 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 Spring 2017, Joe was honored by GrubStreet Boston with a scholarship to be Visiting Writer at The Muse & Marketplace conference. There, he won the conference’s “First Page Competition” judged by Ann Hood, Stephen McCauley, Mameve Medwed & Sebastian Stuart.  He will return to the conference this spring as a presenter.

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.