I’m a writer interested in how technology* is and is not changing our lives. My short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in One Story, gorse, and Sycamore Review, and was a finalist in BOMB’s biennial fiction contest.
I’m writing a novel that draws on my experience working in Silicon Valley. The book evolved out of my short story “Please Report Your Bug Here,” which was selected by Rachel Khong for the 2018 Wabash Prize in Fiction. You can read the story here.
I hold an MFA from the University of Arizona. Before graduate school, I helped create Instagram as its first employee. My Instagram is @josh and no, thank you, I do not wish to sell the name, but please contact me if you’d like to talk about other things, like books or hounds.
*specifically, lately: forms of surveillance; pharmaceuticals; climate/weather-related tech; and how algorithms shape our perception of ourselves and the world.
Kent County is one of the most severely underserved communities in Tennessee. To combat this adversity, Project Sprout seeks to nourish our neighbors at the most fundamental level with healthy food options and a strong support network. All members get a portion of each harvest and surpluses are donated to low-income families whose work schedules prevent them from volunteering.
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With ten gardens and counting, Project Sprout has seen a significant improvement in mental and physical health for all participating community members. Other than lowering obesity, blood pressure, and depression rates, the crime rate has also fallen. Our children are doing better in school, reporting higher grades and aspirations, and better job prospects.
If you live near one of our gardens, get involved to receive portions of each harvest. We accept volunteers regardless of skill level. There is a rotation in roles, but we’ll teach you all the skills you need to know. Teenagers 14 years and older can earn community service credits for school in addition to getting produce for their families. Donations are also vital to our growth, as we use them for seed, fertilizer, tools, and outreach.