About Joshua Henkin

Joshua Henkin is the author of the novel SWIMMING ACROSS THE HUDSON (Putnam, 1997), which was named a Los Angeles Times notable book of the year. His new novel, MATRIMONY, was published by Pantheon in October 2007 and was Book Sense Pick, a Borders Original Voices Selection, and a 2007 New York Times Notable Book of the Year. He lives in Brooklyn and teaches in the creative writing programs at Sarah Lawrence College and Brooklyn College, and at the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y.

Reasons in Fiction

By November 17, 2008

Having done so many readings of Matrimony, I recently decided to read instead from my new novel-in-progress. The section I read from was told from the perspective of a woman who, raised in a secular Jewish home in New York … Read More

What’s Jewish American Fiction Anyway?

By November 14, 2008

In the last few weeks I’ve participated on a couple of panels on the state of American Jewish fiction, and it was only thanks to the deftness and intelligence of the moderators and my fellow panelists that we managed to … Read More

The Pleasures and Perils of Google Alerts

By November 13, 2008

Thanks to Google Alerts, I get a daily email listing the previous day’s blogs in which my name appears. Now, Joshua Henkin is not a particularly common name (though there are three of us on Facebook), but I have always … Read More

Detailing the Decades

By November 12, 2008

Like many Americans, I find myself in front of my TV on Sunday nights, watching Mad Men. I like the show – certainly enough to watch it at least semi-regularly – but whenver I start to get sucked in, I’m … Read More

Post-Election Thoughts Before Obama Begins to Fall from Grace

By November 11, 2008

Joshua Henkin, author of Matrimony, is guest blogging as one of Jewcy‘s Lit Klatsch authors.  His book narrates the lives of a young couple from the time they meet in college through fifteen years of their journey through life together. … Read More

“Standing By The Work Is The Only Option”

By January 9, 2008

From: Nellie Hermann To: Joshua Henkin Re: Standing By the Work Hi Josh– I have to say I agree completely (hopefully all our agreeing doesn't make our conversation boring, but I'm happy about it) with your thoughts about MFA programs. … Read More

“Every Word Counts”

By January 9, 2008

From: Joshua Henkin To: Nellie Hermann Re: MFAs I know writers who say they don't read while they're writing for fear of being too influenced. But if, like most writers, you're writing all the time, then that means you're never … Read More

“We Have To Take What We Do Seriously, Or Who Will?”

By January 9, 2008

From: Nellie Hermann To: Joshua Henkin Re: Writing About Writing Hi Josh, So many meaty thoughts to chew on. I have read Crossing to Safety– though it has been a long time, and I probably should revisit it. I loved … Read More