Joshua Furst’s critically acclaimed book of stories, Short People, was described by the Miami Herald as “a near magical collection.”  The Los Angeles Times called it “Startling . . . a thoughtful if disturbing portrait of what it means to be a child. Or, more to the point, what it means to be human.”  And the Times of London said “Any one of these stories is enough to break your heart. . . . Joshua Furst’s debut is both enjoyable and important.”  His work has been published in The Chicago Tribune, Conjunctions, Five Chapters and The Crab Orchard Review among other places and given citations for notable achievement by The Best American Short Stories and The O’Henry Awards.

Among the awards and grants he has received are a 2001-2002 James Michener-Paul Engle Fellowship from the James Michener Foundation/Copernicus Society of America, a 1997 Chicago Tribune Nelson Algren Award for his short story “Red Lobster,” and fellowships from The MacDowell Colony and  ArtOmi/Ledig House.  He was a finalist for the 1992 Fringe First award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and a runner up in the 2001 Playboy College Fiction Contest.

From 1993 through 1998, he was an active participant in the New York alternative theatre scene. Among other accomplishments in this field, he helped organize and run Nada Theatre’s 1995 Obie award winning Faust Festival and was one of the producers of the 1998 New York RAT conference which brought experimental theatre artists from across the United States together for a week of performance and symposia.  His plays include Whimper, Myn and The Ellipse and Other Shapes.  They have been produced by numerous theatres, both in the United States and abroad, including PS122, Adobe Theatre Company, Cucaracha Theatre Company, HERE, The Demarco European Art Foundation, and Annex Theatre in Seattle. 

He studied as an undergraduate at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, receiving a BFA in Dramatic Writing in 1993 and did graduate work at The University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, from which he received an MFA with Honors in 2001.   

Joshua Furst lives in New York City, and teaches fiction and playwriting at The Pratt Institute. 



  1. hi josh, just searching you on line and found this.
    hope you’re well. i was at the bead store fixing some necklaces yesterday and promoted your new book. i think 2 people for sure will be reading it!

  2. […] judge, was joined by jurists Amanda Stern (host of the Happy Ending reading series) and Joshua Furst (The Sabotage Cafe, Short People). Inside their crosshairs was reader Susan Buttenwieser, a single […]

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