Cairns featured in Tribune Review article

Nice article and interview on Trib Live and in the local Pittsburgh paper!


Pictures from “A Gathering of Authors”

November 1, 2019

What a great event! A few pics from the evening down by the river…


Joe Part of “A Gathering of Authors”

Wow, I am thrilled to be part of the Word Association’s “A Gathering of Authors”, Thursday October 24, 2019, at Riverside Landing in Oakmont!

With a line-up of more than one dozen local authors pitching their newly-released books, each of the authors has five minutes to engage the audience, which should make for lively and memorable presentations that are at once succinct, compelling and utterly entertaining. Mine certainly will be!

Doors will open at 5pm, and author presentations begin at 6:30. There will be a pop-up bookstore (Cairns will be there, and I will be signing them), complimentary snacks, a cash bar, live music – and a traditional Pittsburgh cookie table!!!

The event is FREE and open to the public! See the link below for full details, and make plans now to attend “A Gathering of Authors”,  a book and author event like no other!!!

Trailer for upcoming book, “Cairns”

4/16/2015 – Wow, a nice debut for “The Unofficial Guide to Fatherhood!”

UGtF #1

The Unofficial Guide to Fatherhood is Coming April 16th!!!

Put in your pre-order today, get a signed copy as soon as it’s available!


Joe Invited to be Part of Write Local’s Literary Magazine Release Party!

Write Local

Meet Westmoreland County’s newest authors at Write Local’s literary magazine release party at Latrobe Art Center on January 23 from 5-7 PM. You can come and go as you please, so feel free to stop by even for a little while! However, we do have some great events scheduled for the evening, including readings from our recent contest winners and a panel of experienced, published local authors. Bring your friends!

Remember that the scheduled events include readings by Write Local contest winners and a panel discussion/Q&A with experienced local authors. Panelists include Dominick Domasky (, Janet Winters (, Joe Walko (, and Amy Yanity ( Check out their work in the links!

Purchase your copy of Write Local’s literary magazine / Collect young authors’ autographs / Browse speakers’ books to purchase / Enjoy food available to purchase.

This event is free and open to the public.

We will have a donation table set up to raise funds to cover the cost of the second issue of our literary magazine. For more information about Write Local’s role in the community, please visit To make a tax-deductible donation, please make checks payable to Fractured Atlas, our fiscal sponsor, or visit our online giving page:

Write Local

Joe and Kim Featured on the Huffington Post!


Check out the interview about starting a blended family, run on October 3, 2014

Radio Interview 9/6/2014 on A Kind Voice Radio!

Please join me on Saturday, September 6, 2014, for a discussion of grief, the gifts of grief, and my book, “Evening’s Light.”  Hosted by Dominick Domasky and A Kind Voice Radio.

A captivating conversation on dealing with and overcoming grief, with Joe Walko. Joe is a full time widowed parent to two beautiful but challenging boys, now unemployed by choice after a 25-year career in corporate finance, a writer and blogger searching to find his voice, a seeker, a nature and adventure junkie discovering whole new worlds and beauty in the glorious struggle, in the ordinary, in his own backyard, and mostly, in his heart.

Joe lost his wife, Debbie, to breast cancer two years ago. His wife’s passing has left two children without a mom, a husband without a partner and best friend, a household with befuddled boys at the helm, and a huge void filled with sorrow and loss.
His world turned upside down, Joe started a blog, to begin working through and recognizing the issues of grief and the feelings and emotions of loss. It was not an easy journey, but he clung to a quote that offered hope – “Grief shared is grief diminished.”

And that is the point of his first book, “Evening’s Light, A Journey With Grief”. Joe would like to offer hope and sharing and, yes, even eventually seeing the gifts of loss and grief by sharing his story.

“When faced by any loss, there’s no point in trying to recover what has been; it’s best to take advantage of the large space that opens up before us and fill it with something new.” – Paulo Coelho

Hosted by Dominick Domasky

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July 31, 2014 – Evening’s Light, A Journey With Grief, is now available in print!

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Order a print copy from Amazon here:

Or order a print copy from local publishers Tuxedo&Beans here:

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