Recent Writings and Projects:
A Three-Act/Episode Radio Play Podcast I produced with Keri Pagetta from the script by Edward Morris. Available now on all major podcast streaming services and on Podbean.
On Learning to Pray and Reflecting on Prayer with Father James Martin (in Today's American Catholic)
"Finding Italy in Nashville" (Q&A) and "Beating the Drums and Odds" (profile of Sandy Gennaro) (in Ambassador Magazine)
Economic Inequality in "The Undoing" and the Work of Pietro Di Donato (in Medium Culture)
Book Review: Against the Current by Kim Trevathan (in Chapter 16)
Book Review: The Folks Singer and the Bureau by Aaron J. Leonard (America Magazine)
A Pandemic in Perspective: The 1918 Flu Pandemic in Pietro Di Donato's Novel, Three Circles of Light (Ambassador Magazine) (PDF)
Book Review: On Vanishing by Lynn Casteel Harper (America Magazine)
Francisco de Goya and Brother Ray: Art and Brotherhood (Ovunque Siamo)
The Surprising True Story of Pietro di Donato, the Bricklayer Turned Author (America Magazine)
An 80th Anniversary appreciation of Pietro di Donato's classic autobiographical novel about the life of one Italian American family in the tenements of New York City
St. Jeter the Kitty Cat, Pray for Us (Chapter 16)
Sometimes transcendence comes during a marathon of potty breaks and toddler demands
Joe Pagetta is a communications professional and writer who began his career at the Jersey Journal in his hometown of Jersey City, New Jersey. His resume includes positions at Broadcast Music, Inc, Nashville Public Television (PBS), Nashville Film Festival and NowPlayingNashville.com (The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee). He was named the Best PR Guy in Nashville by the late Jim Ridley in the 2009 Nashville Scene writers poll. He currently serves as the the director of communications for the Tennessee State Museum. As a personal essayist and arts writer, his writing has appeared in Ambassador Magazine (the National Italian American Foundation), America: The Jesuit Review, Today's American Catholic, Chapter16.org (Humanities Tennessee), Ovunque Siamo, Wordpeace and PBS.org. A collection of his personal essays, Guinea Bastard, was published in 2018.