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Josh Russell

Professor, Director of Creative Writing

MFA, Louisiana State University, 1993


Creative Writing, Fiction


Josh Russell, Professor and Director of the Creative Writing Program, has published three novels, two chapbooks of very short prose, and sixty short stories and essays. He teaches graduate and undergraduate fiction and nonfiction workshops, and seminars on contemporary prose and the form and theory of fiction. His teaching, research, and creative interests include very short fiction, the novella and novel, historical fiction, literary nonfiction, hybrid forms, DIY publishing, and book arts.

He’s the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in Prose and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Shane Stevens Fellowship in the Novel. His novels have won the Independent Publisher Book Award Bronze Medal for Literary Fiction and have been finalists for the Townsend Prize, the Binghamton University John Gardner Book Award, and the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award. His shorter prose has been anthologized in New Stories from the South; French Quarter Fiction; Not Normal, Illinois: Peculiar Fictions from the Flyover and Thus Spake the Corpse: An Exquisite Corpse Reader, and appears most recently in Epoch, Sentence: a Journal of Prose Poetics, Copper Nickel, American Book Review, Bayou, and Black Warrior Review.

Josh Russell is faculty advisor for New South and associate editor at Five Points.


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A True History of the Captivation, Transport to Strange Lands, & Deliverance of Hannah Guttentag, Dzanc Books, 2012. (Novel)

Pretend You’ll Do It Again, Greying Ghost Press, 2011. (Chapbook)

My Bright Midnight, Louisiana State University Press/Yellow Shoe Fiction, 2010. (Novel)

Yellow Jack, W.W. Norton & Company, 1999. (Novel)

Winter on Fifth Avenue, New York, Oat City Press, 1997. (Chapbook)