quarterly poetry editor
JOSHUA MEHIGAN's first book, The Optimist (Ohio UP), was a finalist for the 2004 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry and winner of the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize. In 2014, Farrar, Straus and Giroux published his second book, Accepting the Disaster, cited in the TLS, The New York Times Book Review, and elsewhere as a best book of the year. He was the Alan Collins Fellow at the 2015 Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and has received writing fellowships in recent years from the National Endowment for the Arts (2011) and the Guggenheim Foundation (2015).
Born in upstate New York in 1969, Mehigan has lived for the past twenty-five years in New York City, where he has taught English and creative writing at Brooklyn College, College of Staten Island, and other colleges in the City University of New York. He is a workshop instructor for Brooklyn Poets, a literary nonprofit, and a faculty member of Poetry by the Sea: A Global Conference, and has served as a visiting writer at schools including Amherst College, Johns Hopkins, and Goethe University Frankfurt. He is currently the Visiting Artist-in-Residence in the English Department at Northwestern University.