David Joseph’s writing has been published in The Wall Street Journal, LA Times, London Magazine, Doubletake Magazine, Motherwell, The Plain Dealer, and Rattle. His first collection of fiction, The Old Men Who Row Boats and Other Stories, was awarded the 2020 Pinnacle Award for Best Collection of Short Stories. He is a graduate of Hobart College and the University of Southern California’s Graduate Writing Program, where he was a recipient of the Kerr Fellowship and served as editor for the Southern California Anthology. In 2002 he cofounded the nonprofit organization America SCORES LA, and in 2007 he received The John Henry Hobart Fellowship for Ethics and Social Justice. He has taught at Pepperdine University and Harvard University. In 2019 he was awarded a position on the Fulbright Specialist Roster.
“I was inspired to write this book by my time spent living on the Iberian Peninsula, by being immersed in new places, new cultures, and new people while still being tied by the things that makes all of us, well...human. The book, while fiction, was born out of the manner in which my senses were reawakened by a change of scenery and perspective.”