Joseph J. Capista teaches creative writing and expository writing at Towson University.
His collection Intrusive Beauty was selected by Beth Ann Fennelly for Ohio University Press’s 2018 Hollis Summers
Poetry Prize. Poems by Capista have appeared in AGNI, The Georgia Review, The Hudson Review, Ploughshares, Poetry Daily, and Slate. Prose by Capista has appeared in the Baltimore Sun. His work in education has taken him into group homes, high schools, universities,
preschools, and a state penitentiary.
A recipient of awards from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’
Conference, the Maryland State Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Humanities,
Capista holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College. He and his spouse are longtime residents
of Baltimore, where they raise their daughters.
SCHOLARSHIP AND RESEARCH
Poetics and Poetic Craft
Creative Writing Pedagogy
William Butler Yeats
PUBLICATIONS AND CREATIVE ACTIVITIES
Intrusive Beauty (Ohio University Press, Spring 2019)
Selected Journal Publications
“40” Poetry Northwest XII.2 (2018): 41.
“Jellyfish” The Journal 42.1 (2018): 93.
“Mid-Flight Mid-Ascension Virgin Photograph,” Image: Art, Faith, Mystery 94 (2017): 79.
“Entreaty” Image: Art, Faith, Mystery 94 (2017): 78
“Explication of Consciousness on a Day of Rain” The Hudson Review LXIX.3 (2016): 432.
“The Beautiful Things of the Earth Become More Dear as They Elude Pursuit” The Hudson Review LXIX.3 (2016): 431.
“Telescope” Poetry Daily Dec. 7, 2016.
“Kid Happens” AGNI 84 (2016): 161.
“Telescope” AGNI 84 (2016): 160.
“Cornicello” The Georgia Review 69.3 (2015): 456.
“On Music” The Hopkins Review 6.3 (2013): 339.
“Gut-Bomb” Ploughshares 38.1 (2012): 52.
“Thirtysomething Blues” Smartish Pace 19 (2012): 42.
“Last Request” Smartish Pace 19 (2012): 43.
“Exit Wound” Literary Imagination 12.1 (2010): 48.
“Playboy’s Guide to Lingering” Slate July 28, 2009.
“Sowebo” Beloit Poetry Journal 59.1 (2008): 12.
“In the Event of a Fire” America 10 Sept. 2007: 43.
“History of the Inevitable” Colorado Review 34.2 (2007): 76.
“Catch-and-Release Rat Fishing” Rattle 12.2 (2006): 20.
Waiters’ Reading (Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference)
Smartish Pace Issue #19 Release (Baltimore)
KGB Bar (New York City)
Towson Literary Reading Series (Towson University)
Baltimore Book Festival (Maryland State Arts Council Reading)
Des Moines Poetry Festival
Advanced Poetry Writing: Guest Speaker (Loyola University Maryland)
Baltimore Writers’ Conference (Critique Faculty)
Writing in the World: Alumni Panel (Loyola University Maryland)
Do a Little Dance, Write a Little Poem: Structure, Tone, and Intonation in “Danse
Russe” (Warren Wilson College)
M.F.A. Mentor (Warren Wilson College)
Alpha Program: Guest Speaker (Loyola University Maryland)
Young Writers’ Workshop (Mercy High School, Baltimore)
Picture This: Enhancing the Poetry Workshop Through the Language of Visual Design (AWP Conference, New York)
Coupling Prose and Poetry in the Composition (AWP Conference, Chicago)
Visual Texts as Tools for Written Analysis (AWP Conference, Baltimore)
Teaching English Composition/Proseminar: Guest Speaker (Iowa State University)
Creative Writing Mentor (Fort Dodge State Penitentiary)
Shelter Education Coordinator (Montana Youth Homes)
GRANTS AND CONTRACTS
Maryland State Arts Council, Individual Artist Award in Poetry, 2011. ($6,000.)
Maryland State Arts Council, Individual Artist Award in Poetry, 2007. ($3,000.)
Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Mona Van Duyn Scholarship, 2009. ($1,500)
National Endowment for the Humanities, “W.B. Yeats and the Two Irelands” Summer Seminar,
National University of Ireland, Galway, 2006. ($2,500.)
American Association of University Professors
Association of Writing Programs and Writing Professionals (AWP)
Creative Writing Studies Organization
Italian American Writers Association
Poetry Society of America
Baltimore Writers’ Conference Critique Faculty
English Departmental Advisor
Transferring Student Summer Advisor
First Year Composition Mentor Committee Member
Lectureship Search Committee Member
University Service Roles
Academic Advisor (Department of English)
Transferring Student Advisor
First Year Composition Mentor
Lectureship Search Committee
First-Year Composition Mentor
Lectureship Merit Committee
Honors Thesis Committee
Course Co-Developer: Writing Baltimore
Departmental Teaching Observer
Hollis Summers Poetry Prize (Ohio University Press)
Pushcart Prize Nominee (2018, 2017)
Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference (Work-Study Scholar)
Maryland State Arts Council: Individual Artist Award (2011, 2007)
Sewanee Writers’ Conference (Mona Van Duyn Scholar)
National Endowment for the Humanities: Summer Seminar “W.B. Yeats and the Two Irelands,”
National University of Ireland (Galway)
Teaching Excellence Award (Iowa State University)
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