Joe Evanisko’s short stories have appeared in literary journals including Santa Barbara Review, Maryland Review, and The G.W. Review. His fiction has advanced to the semi-final round of the Chesterfiled Writers’ Film Project, based at Paramount Pictures and established by Stephen Spielberg’s company, Amblin Entertainment. Joe’s story, Cuephoria, appears in the Spring 2013 edition of the River Oak Review.
“The Book of Silala is a poetic chorus of voices that evokes the life and death of a ‘valiant Episcopalian’ who may have been a layabout and may have been a saint. Joe Evanisko’s inventive, slyly elliptical style exactly mirrors the secrets and twists of the mysterious town of Silala. He gives us a dreamy, open-hearted guide to this wonderland: an Episcopal priest escaping her own congregation to a rural community that is by turns bewildering, deceptive, engaging, violent, and tender.” Sarah Stone, author of The True Sources of the Nile
Joe has been training at the Eugene Aikido Club, an affiliate of the Hawaii Aikido Federation and sanctioned by the Aikikai Foundation in Tokyo. He holds a black belt and values the spirit of harmony in all aspects of his practice, including his writing.
Beginning in 1995, Joe Evanisko conducted fiction workshops and evaluated manuscripts through an online program at the University of California Berkeley Extension. He enjoyed working with other writers, and after several years of teaching his program director formally noted that Joe “is one of the most sensitive, thoughtful, and conscientious instructors I’ve worked with in nearly twenty years of academic program administration.” Joe’s passion for teaching was rewarded by the Academic Policy Committee when he received the Honored Instructor Award for long-term excellence in teaching. The acting dean, George DePuy wrote that Joe is “one of our most highly respected instructors, praised by students and staff alike for your sensitivity, kindness, attention to detail, and exemplary teaching.” Joe continues to work with fiction writers in private consultation. Please contact Joe at [email protected].