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Joseph Ross Angelella

Novelist & Screenwriter


Joseph Ross Angelella is the author of the irreverent and twisted coming-of-age novel Zombie (Soho Press). His award-winning short fiction has appeared in various journals, including Hunger Mountain, Sou’wester, The Literary Review, Coachella Review, and Southampton Review. In 2012, his short story “Sauce” won the Coachella Review’s short story contest judged by novelist Stephen Graham Jones. His original screenplays have won numerous awards, most recently “Best Comedy Short Script” at the Houston Comedy Film Festival (2020) and “Best Characters in a Screenplay” at the Baltimore Next Media Web Fest (2022). His feature screenplay Goon Squad Motherfuckers! was also a finalist for the “Best Un-Produced Screenplay” in the Houston Horror Film Festival (2022). He received an MFA in Creative Writing & Literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars at Bennington College. Currently, he serves as a fiction editor and writing coach at Angelella Editorial and has been a member of the University Film & Video Association since 2021. He teaches writing in the English department at the University of Maryland College Park where he has been nominated for the Donna B. Hamilton Teaching Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in General Education three times (2017, 2018, 2019) and winner of the Professional Track Faculty Teaching Award (2019). He also serves as screenwriting faculty in the Electronic Media & Film department at Towson University. He lives in Baltimore.


Zombie from Soho Press (2012)


Wheelwoman in Close to the Bone (2022)

The Room of Ransom Black in MicroLit Almanac (2022)

“Light Like Gunshots” in Close to the Bone (2020)

“A Good Hour” in Failbetter (2020)

“The Hammer and the Flame” in Kelp Journal (2020)

“Does She” in Southampton Review (2019)

“Horse and His Fishermen” in Textshop Experiments (2019)


Kill These Motherfucking Trolls! – Winner, “Best Characters in a Screenplay,” Baltimore Next Media Web Fest (2022)

Goon Squad Motherfuckers! – Finalist, “Best Unproduced Feature Screenplay,” Houston Horror Film Festival (2022)

Nemesis – Winner, “Best Dark Comedy Short Script,” Houston Comedy Film Festival (2020)


LitHub’s Literary Disco | “With Violence All Around Us, What Does It Actually Mean For a Book To Be a Crime Novel? (51-minute mark)

University of California Riverside’s Lit Flicks Binge Fest: Bosch Season 6


Angelella Editorial

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