Bio

cropped-joeback3.jpgI’m the author of three books of creative nonfiction: PARTISANS (forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press, 2017), LINES OF SCRIMMAGE (co-written with Scott Pleasant, 2015) and HITLESS WONDER (2012). My essays have appeared in Esquire, Sports Illustrated, Creative Nonfiction, River TeethNinth Letter, Fourth Genre, The Normal School, and many other magazines and journals. Four of my pieces have been cited as notable essays in the Best American series, and I’ve received special mention twice in the Pushcart Prize anthology. I teach creative writing at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC, where I direct the MA in Writing program. When not writing or teaching, I can be found playing bass and singing in the Columbus, Ohio-based band Watershed. My last name, believe it or not, is pronounced “a-strike.”