Recent Writings and Projects:
Woody Guthrie Sang the Gospel (America Magazine)
As a new box set reminds us, social justice was an important part of Woody Guthrie's life and work.
Honey and a Ham Sandwich (Chapter 16)
Remembering the comforts of a grandmother's love.
In which I spend 40 days taking photographs of my books and writing short stories about them on Instagram.
Walk Bike Nashville - I'm an ambassador for this great Nashville nonprofit. If you care about walkability and bikability in Middle Tennessee, you should follow them and consider being a member.
You Ought To Know Nashville - Some years back, I was the executive producer of this Under the Guise / NPT web video series. It feels a little dated now, especially since some of the places we profiled don't exist anymore. But it's a nice document of its time.
Music - I made music for awhile, and played shows and released several independent records in the early to mid 2000s. Songs and albums can be sampled or purchased at CDbaby.com or iTunes or listened to on Spotify and most other song streaming services.
Born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey, Joe Pagetta is a personal essayist and arts writer whose writing has appeared in Chapter 16, the Nashville Scene, The Tennessean, PBS.org, Media Shift, Nashville Arts, My Modern Met and—if you count the time it published an excerpt of his letter to novelist Colum McCann about his fashion sense—Esquire. Currently the director of NowPlayingNashville for The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, he was previously the director of media relations and online strategies for Nashville Public Television and media relations manager for the Nashville Film Festival—work for which the late Jim Ridley in the Nashville Scene declared him the "Best PR Guy" in Nashville. He is a member of the Men of La Mangia, the Queen Breakfast Club and the Extreme Readers, but is probably best known for his decade spent as the namesake of a sandwich at the now-closed Savarino's Cucina in Nashville. He lives in the Donelson area of Nashville with his wife and children, and is working on a collection of essays.