Joe’s most recent awards are the 2007 Texas Bluebonnet Award for Ghost Fever, the 2005 Land of Enchantment Award for El Cucuy, the 2005 Latino Family Literacy Award for the hardback edition of La Llorona, the 2005 Talking Leaves Oracle Award from the National Storytelling Network for continued contribution to the literature of storytelling, and the 2005 Storyteller of the Year IPPY Award from the Independent Publishers’ Association for Ghost Fever
Joe was designated a New Mexico Eminent Scholar by the New Mexico Commission on Higher Education and in 1995 received the New Mexico Governor's Award for Excellence and Achievement in the Arts, the highest honor accorded by the state for accomplishment in the arts
For twentysix summers Joe has been the resident storyteller at the Wheelwright Museum of the Amer-ican Indian in Santa Fe. He has shared stories in over 3,000 schools and spoken at educational conferences throughout the country. He has appeared- at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN, and one of his tales was chosen for the book Best Loved Stories Told At The National Storytelling Festival.
His first book, The Day It Snowed Tortillas, was published in 1982. It is a collection of some of Joe's favorite Hispanic stories from New Mexico, and has become a regional classic. His most recent books is Dance, Nana, Dance/Baila, Nana, Baila, a collection of Cuban folktales in Spanish and English.