Born August 30, 1948,
in Biloxi, Mississippi, Joseph Bosco’s family moved across
the bay to Ocean Springs in time for him to begin the second
his sister Sylvia, his mother Wilma, and his father Frank,
he grew up on the beach: his front yard sloped into the
Gulf of Mexico, and his back yard dipped into a semi-tropical
forest. At Ocean Springs
High School, Bosco was a star athlete — during his three years
as a starter, the Ocean Springs Greyhounds lost only one football
game — and
a popular class officer while also being the singular “avant-garde” poet/intellectual
committed to the civil rights movement within a totally segregated
society. After graduating in 1966, he took his lumps and his victories
as they came during those strange and wonderful days called the
60s; he was a father, husband and published poet at 19.
initially going to Jackson County Junior College (sandwiched between
several “sabbaticals” lived
to the hilt in Greenwich Village, New York), Bosco received
a BFA in Theatre Arts from the University of Southern Mississippi
in 1972. He then returned to New York where he met with success
as an actor. Scared that he might eventually be called upon to
display real talent, not just stage presence and
pluck, he returned to the Deep South, settling in New Orleans
to write and support a family any way he could.
jobs over the years include stints as an actor,
a roustabout on off-shore drilling rigs, a cab driver and “radical
poet” in New York City, a restaurant and/or bar manager
or owner, a car salesman, a bonded wine consultant, a columnist
for a suburban newspaper in the greater New Orleans area, a scout
for the Chicago Cubs, and a managing partner of a successful independent
film and video production company in New Orleans, where his responsibilities
were writing, producing and directing commercials
and assorted documentaries.
totally freelance as an author and journalist in 1984. Consequently,
found himself living in Los Angeles for most of the last decade
of the 20th Century, where he taught at the UCLA Writer’s
Program. Bosco ended
up being a witness in the O. J. Simpson criminal trial.
has written across the literary spectrum, he has particular expertise
criminal justice cases and issues. Having had the privilege of
working with the distinguished Dr. Henry Lee over a number of years,
he is one of the most forensically-experienced journalists in America.
He has appeared frequently on every major national TV newscast,
news talk show, or news tabloid in the industry as an expert criminal
In late August, 2002, Mr. Bosco landed
in Xiamen, a beautiful semi-tropical island just off the mainland
of the People’s Republic of China, where he is a Visiting Professor
of Literature at Xiamen University, one of the Key universities
directly under the Ministry of Education in the amazingly dynamic
Bosco has published several nonfiction
books and shorter pieces in magazines such as Time, Penthouse, The
New York Times Book Review, Writers Digest, Buzz, Prevailing
Winds, and Coast. He has two fictional works in progress: The
Scotch and Marijuana Papers, Book One: Crazy Sorrows, and The
Scotch and Marijuana Papers, Book Two: A Sunflower for You.
posted June 2004)
Links & Info
Boscos Scotch and Marijuana Papers.
- The Boys Who Would Be Cubs: A Season in the Heart of Baseballs
Minor Leagues. New York: William Morrow, 1990.
- Blood Will Tell: A True Story of Deadly Lust in New Orleans. New
York: William Morrow, 1993.
- A Problem of Evidence: How the Prosecution Freed O.J. Simpson. New
York: William Morrow, 1996.
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