Joseph J. Capista

Poet • Author of Intrusive Beauty • Teacher

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Joseph J. Capista’s 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 AGNIThe Georgia ReviewThe Hudson ReviewPloughsharesPoetry Daily, and Slate.  Work in education has taken him into group homes, high schools, universities, preschools, and a state penitentiary. He teaches creative writing and expository writing at Towson University.

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 reside in Baltimore, where they raise their daughters.