About Joe

Professional Accomplishments

Author Classroom Visits

  • Honoree/Presenter, Michigan Reading Association
  • Presenter, Youth Writing Festivals, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Elementary school author visitations/presentations
  • Facilitator, Writer’s Workshop, Dubois, Wyoming

Writer’s Workshop

  • Guest lecturer, Children’s Literature classes, Kalamazoo Valley Community College
  • Revised PowerPoint training program for Haworth
  • Designed and produced a self-instructional video-based training package for Crystal Flash Energy convenience store employees
  • Supervised the production of 1500 medical and patient education videos as Media Center manager at Bronson Methodist Hospital.
  • Researched and wrote a 125 page training manual on inflammatory disease for Pharmacia and Upjohn salesmen.

Michigan Reading Assoc Presenter

  • Produced jobaids, wrote training manuals and taught use of Oracle/BPA for Eaton Clutch, EBA implementation.
  • Produced jobaids for Kellogg’s Oracle EBA implementation.
  • Edited, designed and formatted proposals and promotional materials for the Great Lakes Collaborative, a multimedia, interactive distance learning initiative for the Wayne County RESA and the Michigan Department of Education.
  • Videoscript for Marathon Oil to attract potential franchisees for their branded service stations.
  • Produced two training videos for the Michigan Department of Public Health on interviewing techniques for communicable disease workers.
  • Wrote and produced a video for MSU-KCMS on physician training in detecting domestic abuse. Formatted training booklet.
  • Wrote and produced a sound/slide show, Infant CPR, which was re-shot as a video by the American Hospital Association and marketed nationwide.
  • Wrote three video scripts for First of America Bank as training support for mortgage management software.
  • Wrote and produced a sound/slide program describing the Kalamazoo waste water treatment process for elementary school audiences.
  • Co-produced an interactive videodisc Vaginal Birth after Cesarean Section.



For Young Readers

  • Wa-Tonka Camp Cowboys
  • Saving For Trace
  • Riding the Waves
  • Lake Michigan Cowboy
  • Zan, City Cowboy
  • Can Do, Zan
  • A Horse in My Kitchen
  • Mountain Rules
  • Tales From the Drake House Outhouse
  • Ragazzo Quest

For Adult Readers

Come Saturday Come Sunday, I’m Here https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Joe+Novara


  • I’m Here, Gypsy Shadow Press, 2018 (Amazon)
  • Come Saturday Come Sunday, Cawing Crow Press, 2016, (Amazon)
  • Whole Hearted Prayer, Baby Watch, Colere, A Journal of Cultural Exploration, 2016
  • Dancing With the Bears, 10 minute play, Phoenix Stage Company Festival, June 2015
  • ‘Dying’ in the Pulpit, memoir excerpt, Let the Clock Run Wild, Generations Books, 2014
  • Wholehearted Prayer, short story, Evening Street Review, Fall, 2013
  • Sky Road, Who Will Cherish the Beads, Before I was Born, poems for The Traveling Poets Society, 2013
  • My Two Years in the Priest Corps, abridged memoir, Turns, Telling Our Stories Press, 2012
  • And Then, short story, Uncle John’s Flush Fiction, 2012
  • Crayola Kids…Stop Motion Movie

    Sicilian Talker, poem, Fiele-Festa, Spring 2010

  • Wa-Tonka…Camp Cowboys, Pelican Publishing, January, 2006, MG novel
  • Let It Rest, short story in an anthology for Adam’s Media, 2006
  • “New-Age Barn,” Horse and Rider, May 2002
  • “New Bucket, New Barn,” Horse and Rider, Dec 2001
  • “Jokee’s Revenge,”  Mother Earth News, Dec/Jan 2001
  • From My Side of the Fence…a horsehusband’s point of view, collection of published short stories, Syncopated Press, 2000
  • Mother Earth News Composting

    “Spare the Rod,”  Mother Earth News, June/July 2000

  • “Catch and Release,”  Mother Earth News, Oct/Nov 2000
  • “Listening to Wood,”  Mother Earth News, Apr/May 2000
  • “Hothouse Shanty,”  Mother Earth News, Feb/Mar 2000
  • “Winter Horse Scents,”  Mother Earth News, Dec/Jan 2000
  • “Fun Gus,”  Mother Earth News, Aug/Sep 2000
  • “Overkill,”  Mother Earth News, June/July 1999
  • “Can’t Begrudge a Good Grudge,”  Mother Earth News, Oct/Nov 1999
  • “Trot-Thru Makeover,”  Horse and Rider, July 1999
  • “Box-Stall Aerobics,”  Horse and Rider, April 1999

    Horse and Rider Winter Riding

    “Foaling Around at the Office,”  Horse and Rider, March 1999

  • “Cool Ideas for Winter Riding,”  Horse and Rider, February 1999
  • “Make Your Own Movies,”  Crayola Kids, March 1999
  • “Help for the Humor Deprived,”  Mother Earth News, Dec/Jan 1999
  • “Dew Worms and Head Hunters,”  Mother Earth News, October/November 1998
  • “Barn On Wheels,”  Horse Illustrated, 1998
  • “Proper Popper Panfishing Technique,”  Mother Earth News, October/November 1997
  • “Chimney Sweep,”  Mother Earth News, Apr/May 1997
  • “The Quiet Game,”  Skipping Stones magazine for cultural diversity, May 1997
  • “What’s in the Heap?” Mother Earth News, Feb/Mar 1997


Career Summary

Writer. Trainer. Instructional Media Specialist with particular expertise in design and production of educational, motivational and training media.

 Career History

KalamazooValleyCommunity College, Kalamazoo,Michigan

Part time instructor, College Writing, Speech                                            2005- 2015

Crystal Flash Energy,Grand Rapids,Michigan                                            2000 – 2005

Corporate communications: Produced instructional in-house videos, newsletters, training packages and management development programs.

Novara Enterprises, Kalamazoo Michigan                                                    Ongoing

Writer: Middle Reader/Young Adult fiction, creative non-fiction, plays, articles and stories with international eBook sales. Freelance Trainer/writer: Haworth, Kellogg’s, Eaton Clutch, State Farm, Michigan State Police, Coca-Cola Foods, Pharmacia and Upjohn among others.

 BronsonMethodistHospital,Kalamazoo,Michigan                                    1975-1993

MediaCenterSupervisor: As part of the public relations department, developed and managed desktop publishing, graphic, photographic, video and print services in support of staff training as well as patient and physician education, staff information and marketing for the Bronson Healthcare Group.


Lake Superior State University, Wayne County Community College, International Institute, Davenport University, Macomb County Community College, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo Valley Community College.


M.A. Major: Mass Communications, Minor: Instructional Technology,WayneStateUniversity,Detroit,MI

STL, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome

B.A. Major: Philosophy, Minor: Speech, Sacred Heart Seminary,Detroit,MI

email: novarajoe@gmail.com

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