Joseph J. Capista



Contact Information

LA 4342


M.A. English, Iowa State University, 2004.
B.A. Writing and Politics, Loyola University Maryland, 1999.
Additional Coursework, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.

Areas of Expertise

Creative Writing
Expository Writing


Joseph J. Capista teaches creative and expository writing at Towson University.  His work in education has taken him into group homes, high schools, universities, and a state penitentiary.

Capista’s poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Slate, and Smartish Pace.  A two-time Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award recipient, he has assisted with the Baltimore Writers’ Conference and has studied W.B. Yeats through the NEH.  His prose has appeared in the Baltimore Sun.


Contemporary American Poetry

Prosody and Poetic Craft

Creative Writing Pedagogy

First Year Composition


W.B. Yeats

Poetic Craft



“The Choice” Measure: A Review of Formal Poetry 8.2 (2013): 59.
“Ninety Six” Measure: A Review of Formal Poetry 8.2 (2013): 58.
“Thaw” Measure: A Review of Formal Poetry, 8.2 (2013): 56.
“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.
“For a Daughter” Little Patuxent Review 12 (2012): 20.
“Aubade Written While Someone Peels an Orange on the #11” Redivider, 8.1 (2010): 107.
“More Photographs of American Barns” Natural Bridge 23 (2010): 18.
“The Thrower at Dawn” Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature, 26.2 (2009): 178.
“At the Italian Club with Frankie Flowers, Circa 1954” Margie 8 (2009): 53.
“On Wanting a Child” Meridian 54 (2010): 105.
“Exit Wound” Literary Imagination 12.1 (2010): 48.
“Essay on Horse Thieves” The Portland Review 56.2 (2010): 49.
“Bealive: Poems by Bill O’Connor” Rev. of Bealive by Bill O’Connor Enthusiasm. November, 2009.
“Death in Bitterroot Country” North American Review 293.5 (2009): 27.
“The American Crow and The Common Raven” Quarterly West 67 (2009): 67.
“Crossing” The Massachusetts Review, 50.3 (2009): 443.
Playboy’s Guide to Lingering” Slate, July 28, 2009.
“Sowebo” Beloit Poetry Journal 59.1 (2008): 12.
“Before the Wildfire” Harpur Palate 8.1 (2008): 104.
“In the Event of a Fire” America 10 September 2007: 43.
“History of the Inevitable” Colorado Review 34.2 (2007): 76.
“Black Raspberries” Fugue 32 (2007): 18.
“Pigtown Sketch” Runes: A Review Of Poetry (2006): 34.
“Catch-and-Release Rat Fishing” Rattle: Poetry for the 21st Century 12.2 (2006): 20.
“A Child Bird-Scarer” Sow’s Ear Poetry Review 15.3 (2005): 12.
“Flatware By Mail” Sow’s Ear Poetry Review 15.3 (2005): 12.
“From the Prairie” The Texas Observer 18 March 2005: 21.
“Johnny Salmon’s Dad Enters the Shelter Unannounced” The Texas Observer 18 March 2005: 21.
“Migration Theory” The Texas Observer 18 March 2005: 21.
“Dutch Tile Landscape in Blue” The Briar Cliff Review 17 (2005): 99.
“Coupling Prose and Poetry in the Composition Classroom” In the Company of Writers Teaching:The Pedagogy Papers 2004 Ed. Anna Leahy and Stephanie Vanderslice. Chicago: Associated Writing Programs, 2004. 91.
“Visual Texts as Tools for Written Analysis” Creative Writing/Creative Teaching: The 2003 AWP Pedagogy Papers Ed. Kathleen Ripley Leo and Amy Sage Webb. Baltimore: Associated Writing Programs, 2003. 102.
“Lewistown, Ground Zero” Gumball Poetry 7 (2001).
Enthusiasm Various articles and poems, February 2001-June 2002.   
“‘Rally for the Region’ Gets Thumbs-Up from Leaders” Baltimore Chronicle 1 November, 2000.
“The Demystification of the Pipe” Forum May 1999: 44-59.  
“Dreading Even Ordinary Social Situations” Baltimore Sun 16 May 1999: M9.
“Best Bets” Baltimore Sun 29 April 1999: 5.
“Author Weighs in with Laughter: Catching Up with Van Whitfield” Baltimore Sun 25 April 1999: M8.
“A Love Story For Our Times” Baltimore Sun 11 April 1999: M1+.
“Tasty Dishes for Diabetics” Baltimore Sun 11 April 1999: M1.
“Pokefans” Baltimore Sun 4 April 1999: M7.
“Whole Life Expo Returning” Baltimore Sun 14 March 1999: M9.
“Women’s Health Examined” Baltimore Sun 28 February 1999: M11.

Selected Readings

Smartish Pace Issue #19 Party, Copy Cat Building, Baltimore, April 2013.

KGB Bar,  New York City, Smartish Pace Issue #19 reading, December, 2012.

Towson Literary Reading Series, Towson University, February 2009.

Baltimore Book Festival, Maryland State Arts Council Reading, September 2007.

Des Moines Poetry Festival, April 2003.

Viva House Poetry Reading, May 2002.


Alpha Program  Guest Speaker, Loyola University Maryland, December 2010.

Young Writers’ Workshop, Mercy High School (Baltimore), January 2009. 

Picture This: Enhancing the Poetry Workshop Through the Language of Visual Design  Association of Writers & Writing Programs National Conference, New York, NY, February 2008.   

 Coupling Prose and Poetry in the Composition Classroom  Association of Writers & Writing Programs National Conference, Chicago, IL, March 2004.

Proseminar: Teaching English Composition  Guest Speaker, October, 2003.

Visual Texts as Tools for Written Analysis  Association of Writers & Writing Programs National Conference, Baltimore, MD, March 2003.


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 Writers and Writing Programs 


Baltimore Writers’ Conference Critique Faculty

English Departmental Advisor

Transferring Student Summer Advisor

First Year Composition Mentor Committee Member

Lectureship Search Committee Member

Courses SPRING 2018

  • ENGL 102 Writing for a Liberal Education
  • ENGL 311 Writing Poetry