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Josh Emmons was born in Bangkok and grew up in northern California. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he published his first novel with Scribner in 2005, "The Loss of Leon Meed," which won a Copernicus-James Michener Award and has been translated into French, Hebrew, German and Dutch. His second book, "Prescription for a Superior Existence," came out in 2008 from Scribner, and a Turkish translation is forthcoming. His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in "The American Scholar," "The New York Times Book Review," "McSweeney's Quarterly," "Details," "People," "FiveChapters," "Esquire," "The San Francisco Chronicle," and elsewhere.
Two of his short stories have been given honorable mention in "The Best American Non-required Reading," and he has received several fellowships to the Yaddo Colony in Saratoga Springs, NY. Emmons has taught at Grinnell College, the University of Iowa and Loyola University, and he is now an assistant professor of creative writing at Monmouth University. He lives in Philadelphia.