Joseph Ross Angelella is the author of the adult literary debut Zombie: A Novel (Soho Press, 2012) that Barnes & Noble described as “simultaneously a bildungsroman à la Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, an homage to zombies in pop culture and a twisted mystery all wrapped up into one utterly original—and darkly delightful—novel” and Matthew Quick (author of The Silver Linings Playbook) called “an irreverent and twisted coming-of-age story with one of the most shocking endings I’ve ever read.”
His journalism, essays and award-winning short fiction have appeared in various journals, including The Literary Review, Hunger Mountain, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Sou’wester, JMWW, The Collagist, The Nervous Breakdown and Fiction Writers Review. His short story “Sauce” won The Coachella Review’s grand prize in 2012.
He holds a BA in English Literature with a minor in Creative Writing from Ithaca College and an MFA in Creative Writing & Literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars at Bennington College. He has taught fiction writing at the Gotham Writers’ Workshop in New York City and currently teaches professional writing at the University of Maryland, College Park and screenwriting at Towson University.
In 2015, J.R. and his wife, the writer Kate Angelella, launched Angelella Editorial–a full-service, craft-based editing agency, providing professional, in-depth and honest critiques to writers across multiple platforms. AE specializes in editing Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult and Literary fiction as well as genre fiction, including: Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller and Crime fiction.
He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.