New Book Proposal!


I’ve completed a manuscript for my next book, tentatively titled Cairns. Click here for the full proposal. I am looking for collaborative partner to help turn this compelling story into a great book, if you are a literary agent or publisher, please contact me!


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

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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!

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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:

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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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