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ABOUT

Hails from: New Jersey via Alaska via California via Tokyo via Austin via New York City via…

Works in: Poetry, Visual Art, Fiction, Drama, and Journalism.

Received Degrees in: Adolescent English Ed. (MA) – Adelphi University, Journalism (BA) – University of Alaska Anchorage

Teaches: English Composition, Reading, Literature, Research Skills (Newark Public Schools and City Univ. of New York)

—Workshops Taught— ZineMaking (University of Texas, ABC NoRio NYC), Mail Art and Zines in the Writing Classroom (Adelphi University), Creative Educational Blogging (Adelphi University), Selling Your Creative Writing (Long Island Business Institute)

Member of: Academy of American Poets, Modern Language Association, Kappa Delta Pi (International Education Honor Society), IUOMA (International Union of Mail Artists), CLMP (Community of Literary Magazines and Presses, for Twenty-Four Hours).

Awards and Nominations:

2020

Elgin Award Nomination — Full-Length Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Book, for Cacophony.

Contact: joshmedsker@gmail.com

JM on Social Media: Facebook / Twitter / YouTube


Poetry Collections

Cacophony – Alien Buddha Press (2019)

Poetry Chapbooks (selected)

New Life – Moonchaps Press (Forthcoming)

Icon and Spirit – Twenty Four Hours Press (Forthcoming)

Shaking Hands (Josh Medsker and Christopher Luna) – Twenty Four Hours Press (2014)

Poetry

2020

“Townes and The Spirit” – Night Heron Barks (Forthcoming)

“Seven” – Night Heron Barks (Forthcoming)

“I Am Stretched on Your Grave” – Street Light Press (2020)

“Calvino” – Street Light Press (2020)

“Hair Poem” – Poetry Pacific (2020)

“Four Inspiring Quotes with Inspirobot”– Poetry Pacific (2020)

“Curse” – Afritondo (2020)

“On Seeing Jupiter” – Former People (2020)

“Alien” – Tepid Autumn (2020)

“Touching Season” – Tepid Autumn (2020)

“Last Phase” – The BeZine (2020)

“A Year in The Tenderloin” – The Bitchin’ Kitsch (2020)

“Magic” – Antarctica Journal (2020)

“Full Moo” – Antarctica Journal (2020)

“Crime of the Century” – Wine Drunk Sidewalk (2020)

“Buy Now, Pay as You Go” – Down in The Dirt (2020)

“Streets” – Antarctica Journal (2020)

“At Allen Ginsberg’s Grave” – Boston Literary Magazine (2020)

2019

“I am Want” (with Adam Frese) – Ghost City Review (2019)

“Goodbye” – Creation and Criticism (2019)

“Toes” – Creation and Criticism (2019)

“Rivers” – Creation and Criticism (2019)

“Not the End” – Creation and Criticism (2019)

“The Fire and The Flood” – Creation and Criticism (2019)

“Yeats, Remembering” – The Poetry Village (2019)

“C12H22O11” – Alien Buddha (2019)

“Beyond the Tanarian Hills” – Alien Buddha (2019)

“Twitch” – Alien Buddha (2019)

“The Dead Loved / The Loved Dead” – Alien Buddha (2019)

“Better Not Born” – Alien Buddha (2019)

“1001 Ways to Survive 2019” – Poetry Super Highway (2019)

“Blight” – Dissident Voice (2019)

“In the Chugach Foothills, Alaska” – Front Porch Review (2019)

“Laureates” – Virga (2019)

” Things I Will Not Write About” – Virga (2019)

“Untitled (Fat Raindrop)” – Haikuniverse (2019)

“Planctus For My Youth” – Poetica Review (2019)

“Cold” – Poetry Quarterly (2019)

“Song” – Poetica Review (2019)

“A Big-Box Store in California” – Wine Drunk Sidewalk (2019)

“Thoughts and Prayers” – Wine Drunk Sidewalk (2019)

“Are We Great Again Yet?” – Dissident Voice (2019)

“Drag” – The Tattooed Poets Project (2019)

“Declined” – Better Than Starbucks (2019)

“You #10” – The Local Train (2019)

“Martian Felon’s Lament” – The Bitchin’ Kitch (2019)

“Wack” – Red Wolf Journal (2019)

2018

“Graveyard Haibun” – Bear Creek Haiku (2018)

“Mexican Fever Dream” – Willawaw Journal (2018)

“New Dark Age” – Hello Horror (2018)

“Bloody Revolutions” – The BeZine (2018)

2017

“Aurora Australis” – Antarctica Journal (2017)

“4:19 PM, August 11, 2009” – The Wagon (2017)

“Alaska Is” – The Wagon (2017)

“Waiting for the White” – The Wagon (2017)

“For L.” – The Wagon (2017)

“Circling Back” – The Wagon (2017)

“Purita” – Contemporary American Voices (2017)

“Bullets” – Contemporary American Voices (2017)

“Perfecto” – Contemporary American Voices (2017)

“After the coyote rides away” – Front Porch Review (2017)

“Picking Time” – Red Wolf Journal (2017)

“Gnashing of Teeth/Sunsets for the Lords of Venus” – Speculative 66 (2017)

“I, The Person State” – Dissident Voice (2017)

“Lady Liberty” – Everest (2017)

“Fortitude” w/Art by Aaron Morgan – Opetry (2017)

“A” – Opetry (2017)

“The Exhibit” w/Art by Aaron Morgan – Opetry (2017)

“1993” w/Art by Aaron Morgan – Opetry (2017)

“Assyria” – Penmen Review (2017)

“Hermann” – Virga (2017)

“Fever” – Virga (2017)

“You’re Already Dead” – Felan (2017)

“Big A, Little A” – Felan (2017)

“Do They Owe Us a Living?” – Felan (2017)

“New Orleans 1998” – The Blotter (2017)

“Haiku” – Scifaikuest (2017)

“Cambodia, 1972” – EastLit (2017)

“Kappa Alpha Tau” – Spectral Realms (2017)

“The One About The Baby Goat” – Wine Drunk Sidewalk (2017)

“62 Lessons on How to Grow Up in Alaska” – Silver Birch Press -Me at 17 Series (2017)

2016

“be:” – Red Savina Review (2016)

“Autopoemography” – No Apologies (2016)

“1979” – Felan (2016)

“The Poetic Books” – The BeZine (2016)

“Meat Cutter” – The Legendary (2016)

“Cambodia, 1972” – Poetry Quarterly (2016)

“Nightgaunts” – Jotters Utd UK (2016)

“Horrors in the Museum” – Jotters Utd UK (2016)

“Lovecraft Baby” – Inwood Indiana (2016)

“Crescent Wrenches” – Jotters Utd UK (2016)

“55 Caven Point” – Into The Void (2016)

“Verity” – The Ekphrastic Review (2016)

“To The Sun Lion” – Guardian UK/GuardianWitness (2016)

“Collapse” – Algebra of Owls UK (2016)

“The Rebirth” – Algebra of Owls UK (2016)

“Immortal Deeds” – Algebra of Owls UK (2016)

2015

“I Fracture” – The Bitchin Kitsch (2015)

“The Beginning” – Penmen Review (2015)

“Losing” – Wilderness House Literary Review (2015)

“Ingrid” – Boston Literary Magazine (2015)

“After the Coyote Rides Away” – Yellow Chair Review (2015)

“In Memory of Roger Ebert” – Ataraxia (2015)

2014

“A Dream (Bashing My Strings)” – Penmen Review (2014)

“Old Man Mopping the Floor” – Red Savina Review (2014)

“Hidden Mass” – Wooden Bear (2014)

“Pictures” – Wooden Bear (2014)

“Performance Poem for Two MCs” – Wooden Bear (2014)

“Losing” – Poetry Pacific (2014)

“Untitled Haiku” – Haiku Journal (2014)

“Relationship” – The Unrorean (2014)

“The Meat Cutter” – Chiddush (2014)

2013 – 2000

“Losing” – Penmen Review (2013)

“Where I’m From” – Enhance (2013)

“Canal St New Orleans, 1998” – Everest (2013)

“Fracture” – Migraine Stories (2013)

“To BP with Love” – Occupy Poetry (2013)

“Pulitzer Remix” (with Christopher Luna) – Twenty-Four Hours (2012)

“FDR” – Brown Paper Bundles UK (2012)

“About Place” (with Stephanie Norris McKim) – Twenty-Four Hours (2011)

“Familiar” (with Stephanie Norris McKim) – Twenty-Four Hours (2011)

“Home” – OVS (2011)

“Based on a True Story” – Sexy Small Fry (2010)

“Disestablishmentarianist” – AK Verve (2000)

“Texas Poem” – AK Verve (2000)

1992

“Carrie” – Alaska Pacific University Literary Journal (1992)

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