Joe Pagetta

Joe Pagetta

Freelance Writer and Essayist

Director of Community Initiatives for Community Foundation of Middle TN; former Media Relations Dir for Nashville Pub TV. Reader, Writer, Cooker, Eater, Bike Rider.

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Chapter 16

Personal Essay | Chapter 16 | Thank You for Your Song

What do we owe the writers who get us through our darkest days?

Chapter 16 is A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

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Chapter 16

Personal Essay | Chapter 16 | Sleeping on Couches

For some people, couches are badges of honor, souvenirs of a hitchhiking trip across America or partying all night and crashing at a friend’s apartment. For others, they’re battle scars, emblems of ye...

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Chapter 16

Personal Essay | Chapter 16 | Two Wheels and the Truth: What if, instead of cyclists, drivers saw people on bikes?

Knowing I’d be holding baby Sophia in a few short miles made the strenuous, blind-curve, no-shoulder climb going north over Backbone Ridge that much easier. It’s never been entirely easy. I remember the first time I tried to do it, five years ago. I couldn’t.

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Chapter 16

Personal Essay | Chapter 16 | In Italy: A troubled father and son find each other on a train in the home country

We met on Franklin Street in the Heights section of Jersey City. It was the night before I moved to Nashville, and my father had asked me to meet him at the club where he frequently played cards with ...