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About the Author
Joseph Cavano


A former secondary school and college teacher in upstate New York, the author began writing for publication in 2007. By 2008, he had completed Half-past Nowhere, his first collection of related short stories. Patterned after Hemingway's In Our Time, the collection traces the life of a young hero as he moves from innocence to understanding.

Love Songs in Minor Keys was published a year later. Like variations on a familiar theme, the stories here serve to enhance one's appreciation of what is perhaps life’s most important jouney - the search for intimacy.

The author’s work has appeared in many well-respected literary magazines such as the North Carolina Literary Review, Potomac Review, and Thumbnail. Twice a Glimmer Train finalist, his stories have won awards in contests such as the Doris Betts Fiction Prize Competition, the Elizabeth Simpson Smith, and the Tom Howard and John Reid Short Story Contest. His story, The Widow's Tale, was recently selected by author/editor Cliff Garstang to appear in the Press 53 Anthology, Everywhere Stories: Fiction from a Small Planet. It will appear in the fall of 2014

Over the years, the author has pursued a myriad of interests. An accomplished jazz pianist, he’s often spoken about the similarities between improvising music and writing fiction. In each circumstance, one never knows where he is going until he gets there.

Having been born in "the charmed circle" of the Catskill Mountains, nature figures prominently in many of his stories, although always as a backdrop for some universal law (the verities Faulkner called them). A wine connoisseur, ginseng hunter, fly fisherman, rattlesnake hunter (pictures only) and world traveler (India is a favorite) Cavano happily resides in the South among the bones of Faulkner, Welty, Twain and Capote.

The author holds an M.A. in English from American University in Washington, DC, and a B.A. in English from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. He has also studied Philosophy at the graduate level at Georgetown and has several advanced degrees in Education.



From the cover of
Half-past Nowhere.