Josh Barkan was awarded a literature fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts for his short story collection “Before Hiroshima.” His novel “Blind Speed” was named a finalist for the 2009 Paterson Fiction Prize. He has taught writing at Harvard, New York University and Boston University, and he is currently Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Wichita State University. He spent much of his childhood living in Kenya, Tanzania, France and India -- experiences that have informed many of his stories.
After attending Yale University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, he spent a year teaching in Japan and received a master’s degree in fine arts from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His writing has appeared in Esquire and as a contributor to The Boston Book Review. Glimmer Train magazine named his story "The American Chef and El Chapo" to its Top 25 list in December 2012. Most recently, he was a resident at The Hermitage Artist Retreat in Englewood, Fla. and writer-in-residence at Into the Furnace in Braddock, Pa. He lives in Wichita and Mexico City.