Josh Wagner was born with a hole in his heart, a Ventricular Septal Defect. He’s fine now.

His writing has been described as lyrical, whimsical, and incisive. Fascinated by rhizomes, paradoxes, and things left unsaid, Wagner prefers keeping a toe or two in the currents of the magical and the fantastic. His publication credits include Cafe Irreal, Not One of Us, Cleaver Magazine, Medulla Review, Fractured Lit, the Lovecraft eZine, and Image Comics. He has won awards for his work in comics and theatre, but prose remains his true and abiding love.

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The Adventures of the Imagination of Periphery Stowe:

forces, never sits still for very long. Traveling and living abroad contributes to the particular imaginative flavor to his work. He received his BA from the University of Montana and his MSc in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh. These days he lives in a small, possibly haunted cottage in Ireland where has been working toward a PhD in Creative Practice, researching forest-based art, monster theory, and the nebulas of grief.

Josh is mostly friendly. Feel free to send a message. He reads them all!


Son of a Rainbow

Two weeks ago I was given the gift of a conversation with my dear friend Amelia, who produces an incredible podcast about people and stories. She offered me an opportunity to talk about my mom, my writing, and last year’s horrible and heartbreaking events. It was both agonizing and healing to be able to tell the …

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Wagner discusses the writing life, his influences, and his experiences following the tragic loss of his mother.
STORY Reading: EVENING CLAY, by Josh Wagner from Wildsound Festival.
VOICE shot by Jon Aaseng The Midlife Dragon animated by Hugh Bickley SHAPES THE SUNLIGHT TAKES, Chapter Zero, read by the author SHAPES THE SUNLIGHT TAKES, “Derwin & Mirielle,” read by the author. Adam Funn by Brad Wilson and Josh Wagner Mystery Mark by Theo Ellsworth and Josh Wagner, shot by Kier Atherton Mother Ash read by the author