Poet, teacher, librarian
Joshua Coben’s first book, Maker of Shadows (Texas Review Press, 2010), won the X. J. Kennedy Poetry Prize. His second collection, Night Chaser (David Robert Books, 2020), was a finalist for the Vassar Miller Prize, the New American Poetry Prize, and the Donald Justice Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in Atlanta Review, The Cincinnati Review, College English, The Evansville Review, Magma Poetry (UK), Natural Bridge, Pleiades, Poet Lore, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and elsewhere.
A native of University City, Missouri, he studied French and English Literature at Washington University in St. Louis and the Université de Caen, France. After a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship in France, he moved to Boston and earned a Masters in Elementary Education at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. He has worked in public elementary schools as a French Immersion classroom teacher and school librarian. He and his family live outside of Boston.