Dr. Joe Mackall

Dr. Joe Mackall

Retired Professor of English
Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall


  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 1996 and serves as director of the creative writing program
  • Co-founder of River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative and co-editor of the River Teeth, Literary Nonfiction Book Prize Series in partnership with the University of New Mexico Press
  • Author of The Last Street Before Cleveland: An Accidental Pilgrimage (University of Nebraska Press, 2006); Plain Secrets: An Outsider Among the Amish (Beacon Press, 2007); and The Last Street Before Cleveland: An Accidental Pilgrimage was recently released in paperback in 2015
  • Has published in a number of newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, Washington Post, Cleveland Magazine and Cleveland Plain Dealer, and an interview with him aired on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition”


Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D.
University of Central Oklahoma, MA
Bowling Green State University, MFA
Cleveland State University, B.A.

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