MFA, Texas State University
Joe O’Connell is the author of the novel-in-stories Evacuation Plan (winner, North Texas Book Award; finalist, Violet Crown Book Award). His stories have taken first prize from the Deep South Writers Conference and the Louzelle Rose Barclay Awards and have been published in literary journals including Other Voices, Lullwater Review, Confrontation and The G.W. Review. His essays, book reviews and articles have appeared in the Austin American-Statesman, The Austin Chronicle, San Antonio Express-News, Texas Monthly, Variety and on public radio. He is currently a film industry columnist for the Dallas Morning News and at work on a memoir.