Josh Rolnick

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 Fiction Prize and the Florida Review Editor’s Choice Prize. They have also been published in Harvard Review, Western Humanities Review, Bellingham Review, Gulf Coast, and Storyville, and have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best New American Voices. Rolnick holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and an MA in Writing from Johns Hopkins University. He is publisher of Sh’ma, a journal of Jewish ideas, and editor of Unstuck, an independent literary annual. Rolnick has previously worked as a reporter or editor for publications including the Associated Press, Congressional Quarterly, Moment, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review. He is a frequent day-guest lecturer in fiction writing classes at the University of Akron, and a proud inductee of the Akron Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. He currently divides his time between Akron, OH and Brooklyn, NY, where he lives with his wife and three sons. His website is


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