Joe Shakarchi is available for one-on-one or small group meetings to discuss creative writing.  To schedule a session, please email him by using the contact page or the following email address:




San Jose City College, San Jose, CA Sept. 2007 – May 2012:

Instructor for English Department:  Courses in Writing Skills, Introduction to Literature, and Creative Writing.


King Mongkut's University of Technology, Thonburi, Bangkok, Thailand  May 2009 -- Sept. 2010:

Instructor for English Department:  Courses in Research Essay Writing (Graduate Level) and Advanced Writing.


San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA Sept. - Dec. 2001:

Instructor for Department of English: Courses in Writing and Literature.



University of Colorado, Boulder, CO:

Instructor for Department of English: Introduction to Creative Writing, and Introduction to Fiction.



Nominated by Department of English for University of Colorado Teaching Excellence Award.



Member, editorial staff of San Jose City College College Literary Magazine.



Copy Editor, Seeds of Peace, publication of the International Network of Engaged Buddhism, Bangkok, 2016.

Copy Editor, "The Wounding From Within" (business video). Peerless Videos, 1997.

Copy Editor," The Food and Beverage Journal," April – July 1995.

Co-host, “Calliope: Literary Radio,” KALX-FM 90.7 Berkeley.

Contributing Editor, "Poetry Flash," 1982-87.



San Francisco State University, Certificate in the Teaching of Reading and Writing.

University of Colorado,  Ph.D. program in English Literature.

City College of New York (City University of New York), Master of Arts – English Literature.

Brooklyn College (City University of New York), Bachelor of Arts – Philosophy and English.




     Sunrise in the West (poetry book, and CD with poetry and music).  Bellingham, WA: Akimbo Publications, 2005.



      "A Monk's Initiation" and "Looking into the Mirror" in To Thailand with Love. Edited by Nabanita Dutt.  San Francisco: Things Asian Press, 2013.


      “Breaking New Ground: An Interview with Thom Gunn” in The Berkeley Poetry Review.


      “An Interview with Robert Bly” in Robert Bly: When Sleepers Awake. Edited by Joyce Peseroff. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. 

        Originally published in "The Massachusetts Review".


      “Alice’s Dreams: A Philosophical Look” in Jabberwocky: The Journal of the Lewis Carroll Society (England).



Poems published in "Common Ground" (first prize winner, 1999 poetry contest), "Downtown San Jose,"  "The Blue Sofa Review," "Poetry USA," "The Sound," "In The Margins," "Minetta Review," "Siskiyou," and "Good News."



"Poetry in Motion," produced by Ian Moore, presented at the Poetry/Film Festival, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco.



Book reviews in "San Francisco Chronicle" and "Poetry Flash."

Popular music reviews in "Colorado Daily."