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Josh Emmons is an American novelist who currently lives in Los Angeles. A graduate of Oberlin College and the Iowa Writers' Workshop (2002), he published his first book, The Loss of Leon Meed, in 2005. Set in his native northern California, about the varied responses of ten small-town residents to a stranger's mysterious appearances and disappearances, it was a Book Sense pick and winner of a James Michener-Copernicus Society of America Award, and has been translated into several languages. His second, Prescription for a Superior Existence, which explores the intersections of faith, religion and desire, came out in 2008. His latest book, "A Moral Tale and Other Moral Tales," comes out April 2017 by Dzanc. His fiction and non-fiction have been published in various magazines and newspapers.

Emmons has taught at the University of the Arts, Loyola University Chicago, the University of Iowa, Whitman College, and elsewhere. He currently teaches at University of California, Riverside.


  • Prescription for a Superior Existence (Scribner, 2008)
  • The Loss of Leon Meed (Scribner, 2005)


  • New York Times Noteworthy Paperback
  • PEN Writer's Grant
  • James Michener-Copernicus Society of America Award
  • Book Sense Pick

External linksEdit

  • UCR Department of Creative Writing [1]
  • Simon & Schuster profile [2]
  • "Living With Music: A Playlist" [3] on The New York Times PaperCuts blog
  • Essay on [4]
  • "Concord" [5], a short story on FiveChapters
  • Interview at EarthGoat [6]
  • Interview at Philadelphia Stories magazine [6]