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About Joe

I am the author of (so far) three (soon to be four) novels and two story collections 

A retired professor at Lexington Community College

Former Assistant Professor at Hazard Community and Technical College

And in a former life:

Manager at New York City Off-Track Betting

Former Stringer at Kentucky Monthly Magazine

Studied at Portland State University

Studied I think Hearts, with a minor in Pinochle. at Gonzaga University

Went to Haddon Heights High School
Photo courtesy Ron Garrison/Lexington Herald-Leader
Becoming a Kentucky writer, by way of New Jersey and New York
Courtesy Tom Eblen, Lexington Herald-Leader, The Bluegrass and Beyond


What, exactly, is a Kentucky writer? Is it a writer from Kentucky? One who lives or has lived in Kentucky? Writes about Kentucky?

That idea has been discussed a lot since the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning began a project last year to celebrate Kentucky writers of the past and present, and to promote Lexington as the “literary capital of mid-America.” On Thursday, the center will name the first six inductees into its Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame.

With all of this in mind, I went to talk with a talented Kentucky writer who took a roundabout journey to get here.

Joseph G. Anthony was born in New Jersey and raised “on the wrong side of the tracks” in Camden, which seemed to him like a no-man’s land between New York and Philadelphia.
Anthony said he lived on the Upper West Side of Manhattan for a dozen years, managing an off-track betting parlor and teaching English part-time at the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University.
Then, at age 33, he was offered a teaching job at Hazard Community College in 1980.
“I knew nothing about Kentucky, except the Derby happened here,” he said with a laugh. “I found it to be a great adventure.”