Josh Barkan will read from his highly praised new short story collection, <em>Mexico.</em> The<em> NY Times</em>, <em>Huffington Post</em>, <em>Washington Independent Review of Books,</em> etc. rave for the book. <em>Kirkus,</em> (starred review), says, “Masterful stories that peel away at the thin border between everyday life and profane violence in modern-day Mexico.” <em>Library Journal </em>(starred review) writes, “Barkan turns in a near-perfect collection that's addictive, delicious, and confounding in its knife-edge ride through the hard lives of its characters.”
Barkan won the Lightship International Short Story Prize and has been a finalist for the Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction, the Paterson Fiction Prize, and the Juniper Prize for Fiction. He is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. His writing has appeared in <em>Esquire</em>. With his wife, a painter from Mexico, he divides his time between Mexico City and Roanoke, Virginia, where he teaches at the Jackson Center for Creative Writing at Hollins.