Josh Goldfaden's short stories have appeared in Meridian, Mid-American Review, New England Review, Salmagundi, the Sewanee Review, Washington Square, ZYZZYVA, and others. His first book, a short story collection, Human Resources, was published by Tin House Books in April 2007. It was shortlisted for the 2007 Story Prize, and awarded the 2008 Devil's Kitchen Prose Award. Publisher's Weekly awarded this book one of its Starred Reviews, noting that, "Admirably, Goldfaden roams widely and erratically, from surfers living on an exclusive beachfront to a bizarre set of contemporary pirates who give up robbing yachts to join a pirate-busting agency. Goldfaden is an undeniable talent."
A recipient of a 2008 Civitella Ranieri Fellowship, his short story, "Disorder Destroyers," was the Editor's Choice for the Mid American Review's 2006 Sherwood Anderson Award, his story "Looking at Animals" was awarded the 2007 Lytle Fiction Prize from the nation's oldest literary journal, The Sewanee Review, and his story "Nautical Intervention" was optioned for film by the actress, Bebe Neuwirth. Currently at work on the screenplay adaptation of this story for GreeneStreet Films, Josh is also working on a novel.
Formerly a Jenny Craig stock-boy, a ceiling fan salesman, a car parker in Bavaria, a pizza-maker in Swabia, a waiter, and an instructor in NYU's Expository Writing program, Josh Goldfaden currently operates the web site design/management company, WebAha!, with his wife, the poet Jennifer Chapis. He lives in Oceanside, California.