Joe Sacksteder

Director of Creative Writing, Interlochen Center for the Arts; Instructor of Creative Writing, Interlochen Arts Camp


Ph.D. Candidate, English Literature and Creative Writing, University of Utah; M.A., Creative Writing, Eastern Michigan University; B.A., Creative Writing and Music Composition, St. John's University

Joe Sacksteder earned his M.A. from Eastern Michigan University in 2011 and is in the process of completing his Ph.D. in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Utah. His story collection, Make/Shift, won the 2017 Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature from Sarabande Books, and his debut novel, Driftless Quintet, won the 2018 Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature. His album of audio collages and collaborative videos, Fugitive Traces, was released by Punctum Books in 2016, and his work has appeared in such publications as Salt HillNinth LetterThe RumpusPassages North, and Denver Quarterly. He arrived at Interlochen in 2017 as Visiting Instructor of Fiction and Nonfiction before assuming the role of Director of Creative Writing in summer 2019. He previously taught composition and creative writing courses for five years at Eastern Michigan University, including his work in EMU's College in Prison Program, and for one year at the University of Utah, where he served as Managing Editor and New Media Editor of the journal Quarterly West.