Josh Isard

Assistant Professor, English

Taylor Hall, 113 (267) 620-4886 By Appointment

About Me

Joshua Isard is currently the director of the M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing. He grew up in the Philadelphia area, earned his BA in English at Temple University, and then went on to study creative writing at the University of Edinburgh and literature at University College London.

His short stories have appeared in The Broadkill Review, Pithead Chapel, Northwind, and Storychord, and his first novel, Conquistador of the Useless, was published by Cinco Puntos Press in 2013. He lives outside Philadelphia with his wife, children, and two cats.


Education History

University of Edinburgh 2003

Master's, Major in Creative Writing

University College London 2007

Master's, Major in Modern Literature

Temple University 2002

Bachelor's, Major in English

Minor in Philosophy


Author 2013

Conquistador of the Useless

Book, Cinco Puntos Press

Author 2021

Gary Snyder: The Last Remaining Beat

Article, LitReactor

Author 2020

All Stories Are Existential

Article, LitReactor

Author 2018

Like Telling My Son A Story

Other, Pithead Chapel

Author 2018

Hurdles and a Pyramid: Plotting Your Short Story

Article, LitReactor

Author 2016


Other, New Pop Lit

Author 2014


Other, Cleaver Magazine

Author 2014

The Observable Universe

Other, Wyvern Lit

Author 2012

India Sick

Other, NorthWind

Author 2012

Far to Fall

Other, StoryChord