Joshua N. K. Rolnick

Founding Director

Josh Rolnick’s debut short story collection, Pulp and Paper, won the John Simmons Short Fiction Award, selected by Yiyun Li, and was published by the University of Iowa Press. His short stories have also won the Arts & Letters Fiction Prize and the Florida Review Editor’s Choice Prize. They have 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 currently teaches fiction writing at the Johns Hopkins M.A. in Writing program as well as at the Sackett Street Writers Workshop in Brooklyn, N.Y. He is president of the Sh’ma Institute, which publishes Sh’ma, a journal of Jewish ideas. He has previously worked as a reporter or editor for publications including the Associated Press, Congressional Quarterly, Moment, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Rolnick holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, an MA in Writing from Johns Hopkins University, and an MA in international history from the London School of Economics. He is a member of the board of directors of the Jewish Book Council. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and four children.