Joe Okonkwo will join us via Zoom to discuss his new short story collection, Kiss the Scars on the Back of My Neck.
Joe’s debut novel Jazz Moon won the Publishing Triangle's prestigious Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction and was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. David Ebershoff, author of The Danish Girl, has called Jazz Moon “A passionate, alive, and original novel about love, race, and jazz in 1920s Harlem and Paris — a moving story of traveling far to find oneself.”
His short stories have appeared in Newtown Literary, Global City Review, The Piltdown Review, The New Engagement, Storychord, Shotgun Honey, Love Stories from Africa, Best Gay Stories 2015, and Strength. His short story “Cleo” earned a Pushcart Prize nomination.
Joe served as prose editor for Newtown Literary, a journal dedicated to nurturing writers from Queens, New York. He edited Best Gay Stories 2017. Joe has led creative writing workshops at Gotham Writers' Workshop, Newtown Literary/Queens Library, and the Bronx Council on the Arts. He has served on the planning committee for the Provincetown Book Festival.
Joe's story collection, Kiss the Scars on the Back of My Neck, was published by Amble Press in August 2021. Noted author William J. Mann has lauded the collection as “A remarkable examination of the human condition.”