About Joseph Souza
Joseph Souza worked on the South Boston docks during Whitey Bulger’s criminal reign. He has a degree from Northeastern University and once worked in the Organized Crime division of the DEA. His award winning short fiction and essays have published in various literary journals throughout the country. In 2004 he was awarded the Andre Dubus Award in short fiction from the University of Southern Maine for his short story “Loss Prevention.” His most recent short story, “The Devil’s Dumping Ground” was published in Quarry; Crime Stories by New England Writers. In 2010 Joseph Souza won Honorable Mention for the Al Blanchard Award for his short crime story”The Stone Walls of Lebanon”. Joseph lives in Portland, Maine with his wife and two children.
- Won Honorable Mention for the Al Blanchard Award for his short crime story “The Stone Walls of Lebanon.”
- 2004 recipient of the Andre Dubus Award in short fiction from the University of Southern Maine.
- Short story “Loss Prevention” featured in USM’s literary journal Word & Images. The Forecaster called “Loss Prevention” ‘an interesting psychological tale.’
- The short story “The Devil’s Dumping Ground” was published in Quarry: Crime Stories by New England Writers.
- Many award-winning short stories and essays published in various literary journals.
- Contributing member of Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance.
- Member of Mystery Writers of America.
- B.S.: Criminal Science. MA: Northeastern and University of Washington.
- Editor and writer, Northeastern History Newsletter, Public History News.
- Worked as an Intelligence Analyst for the Drug Enforcement Agency (Organized Crime Unit) in Washington D.C.
- Worked on the case that was the basis for the movie, Drug Wars: The Enrique Camarena Story.
- Worked on the legal case that became the basis for the hit movie, starring John Travolta, and best-selling book by Jonathan Harr, A Civil Action.