Josh Barkan

Kansas, United States

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 abroad, 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 living in Japan and received his MFA 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 their Top 25 list in December, 2012.  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.



  • Bachelor of Arts in History from Yale College (May 1991)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing/Fiction from The Iowa Writers' Workshop (June 1995)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction