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 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 College, 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 three of his stories to its Fiction Open Top 25 lists in 2012-2014. His collection of stories, Mexico, was named runner up for the Juniper Prize for Fiction, 2014, by the University of Massachusetts Press and runner up for the Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction 2014, awarded by the AWP. He is the winner of the Lightship International Short Story Competition, 2013. Most recently, he was a resident at the Hermitage Artist Retreat in Englewood, Florida, and writer-in-residence at Into the Furnace in Braddock, Pennsylvania. He lives in Wichita and Mexico City.