Josh Rolnick

New York, United States

Member Since: 03/02/2012

Josh Rolnick's debut short story collection, "Pulp and Paper," won the 2011 John Simmons Short Fiction Award, selected by Yiyun Li. His stories have won the Arts & Letters Prize and the Florida Review Prize, and have been published in Harvard Review, Western Humanities Review, Bellingham Review, and Gulf Coast. He currently serves as an instructor at the Johns Hopkins MA in Writing program and the Sackett Street Writers' Workshop, and he is the publisher of Sh'ma, a journal of Jewish ideas. He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and an MA in Writing from Johns Hopkins. He is an advisor for the Sami Rohr Prize in Jewish Literature as well as for the journal A Public Space, and he serves on the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Book Council.


Twitter Username: @JoshRolnick


  • Pulp and Paper , University of Iowa Press (October 2011)
  • Pulp and Paper (story) , Harvard Review (March 2008)
  • Big River , Western Humanities Review (March 2007)
  • Funnyboy , Bellingham Review (October 2006)
  • Innkeeping , Florida Review (October 2005)
  • The Carousel , Gulf Coast (March 2005)
  • Big Lake , Arts & Letters (October 2002)


  • Johns Simmons Short Fiction Award(2011)
  • Florida Review Editor's Choice Prize(2005)
  • Arts & Letters Fiction Prize(2002)


  • Editor at Unstuck -- A Literary Annual (March 2011 - December 2015)
  • Publisher at Sh'ma -- A Journal of Jewish Ideas (September 2009 - )
  • Assistant Fiction Editor at The Iowa Review (August 2004 - June 2005)
  • Instructor -- M.A. in Writing at Johns Hopkins University (September 2015 - )
  • Instructor -- Fiction Writing Workshop at Sackett Street Writers' Workshop (January 2015 - )


  • Bachelor of Arts in History from Rutgers University (January 1993)
  • Certificate in History, Political Science from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (June 1995)
  • Master of Arts in International History from London School of Economics and Political Science (October 1996)
  • Master of Arts in Writing from Johns Hopkins University (May 2002)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Fiction Writing from Iowa Writers' Workshop (May 2006)

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