Josh Barkan, Assistant Professor, received a literature fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts for his short story collection Before Hiroshima. His novel, Blind Speed, was a finalist for the 2009 Paterson Fiction Prize. After attending Yale University, he spent a year teaching in Japan and received his MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He has taught writing at Harvard, New York University and Boston University. His work has appeared in Esquire, in literary journals, and as a contributor to The Boston Book Review. In 2011-2012 he was writer-in-residence in Braddock, Pennsylvania, for Into the Furnace. When not teaching in the U.S., he lives in Mexico City.