~~Joseph Pacheco is a retired New York City superintendent living on Sanibel Island. A national prize winning poet at age eighteen, he did not write poetry for fifty years until the joys of retirement life on Sanibel re-awakened his muse. His poetry has been featured several times on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, Latino USA and WGCU. He has performed his poetry with David Amram’s jazz quartet at the Bowery Poets Café and Cornelia Street Café in New York City. He writes a poetry column for the Sanibel Islander and his poetry has appeared in English and Spanish in the News-Press and its Spanish language weekly, Gaceta Tropical. Co-founder of ArtPoems, in 2008 he received the Literary Artist of the Year award from Alliance for the Arts. He has published two books of poetry, The First of the Nuyoricans/Sailing to Sanibel, Alligator in the Sky and this June, Sanibel Joe’s Songbook, which was featured on WGCU Gulf Coast Live this summer.
Joe is especially proud of his efforts to promote and keep poetry on Sanibel alive and well by conducting contests in the News-Press, Open Mics and events like the PoetryFest, which he has kept going for the last 14 years. He is also very happy that the Sanibel Library brought Billy Collins to Sanibel last month, thus unleashing what he hopes will be a boom in poetry interest in our area. . .
Contact Sanibel Joe--SanibelJoe@comcast.net