Joseph Allen Costa is a freelance writer and adjunct English professor in Tampa. He received his MFA in creative writing from the University of Tampa and his BA from the University of South Florida. His short fiction has appeared in BULL men’s fiction, Rabble Lit, the HCE Review, The Write Launch and in December Magazine as a finalist for the Curt Johnson Prose Awards. Costa is the author of three novels (The Good, The Bad and The Goalie, Discovering Dynamite! and Eye of the Storm), and one linked collection of short fiction (Comets, published by Unsolicited Press).
Having worked in his father’s cabinet shop for more than a dozen years, Costa’s most recent work, Comets, captures a microcosm of blue collar problems with implications that go beyond economic and cultural boundaries, illuminating a greater understanding of the human experiences we all share.
Costa began his career writing advertising for Macy’s on 34th Street in New York City and soon after was recruited by one of the largest advertising agencies in the world — Bozell, Jacobs, Kenyon & Eckhardt — where he worked for 6 years as a copywriter.
Costa lives in Tampa with his wife Teresa, their two children, and their dogs Bella and Dash.