Joe Vallese is Clinical Associate Professor in the Expository Writing Program at New York University. His creative and pop culture writing appears in Bomb, Vice, Backstage, PopMatters, Southeast Review, and North American Review, among other publications. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and named a Notable in The Best American Essays. He is coeditor of the anthology What’s Your Exit? A Literary Detour Through New Jersey (Word Riot Press). He holds an MFA from NYU, and MAT and BA degrees from Bard College.