Joseph Cassara

Joseph Cassara, photo by Amanda Kallis
Joseph Cassara, photo by Amanda Kallis

Joseph Cassara was born and raised in New Jersey to a Puerto Rican mother and a Sicilian father. He is a graduate of Columbia University and of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is a recipient of a 2016-17 writing fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

His debut novel, The House of Impossible Beauties, was inspired by the documentary film Paris Is Burning, and was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection.

Cassara is an assistant professor of English and creative writing at California State University, Fresno.


selected bibliography

The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara

The House of Impossible Beauties (2018)

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online resources

Joseph Cassara’s website
“How Cassara’s new book expands on the world of Paris is Burning,” Interview magazine, February 28, 2018
“Debut novelist Cassara on the complexity of telling humane queer stores,” Entertainment Weekly, February 5, 2018
“Cassara wants his characters to break your heart,” The Millions, February 1, 2018

Video: Review of The House of Impossible Beauties by Darien Library