Joshua Zelesnick

Josh writes poetry and essays and fiddles around on the guitar or ukelele most evenings, likely and preferably with his two kids either playing nearby or hanging on him. Insert Coin, his first full length collection of poems--a ten-year project that scrutinizes drone warfare, the colonization of virtual and physical space by banks, the moons of Saturn, and video games--was a finalist for the Marystina Santiestevan First Book Prize at Conduit Books and Ephemera and the Trio Award at Trio House Press and will be published by Finishing Line Press in January 2025. Bonfire Books published his chapbook Cherub Poems in 2019. His poetry and essays can be found in Jubilat, Texas Review, Drunken Boat/Meridian Anthology, Matter, Word For/Word, Juked, Labor Notes, Counter Punch, Yes Poetry, DIAGRAM, and other journals. He has taught at Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh and is now a Librarian and creative writing teacher at a public school in Pittsburgh, where he lives with his partner and kids in a garden co-housing community. With friends, he helps host an occasional living-room music and reading series.

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Click below to read Josh's chapbook, Cherub Poems.

To buy a copy, send him an email - $12


Fri, Jan. 19, 2024 - Bonfire Reading Series, Pittsburgh, PA. Benefit to raise money for Gaza civilians

Thurs, April 11, 2024 - Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY.


Josh is happy to do class visits (in-person or virtual), readings, interviews, craft talks, etc. Send a message via email.