Joshua Zelesnick


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Joshua Zelesnick holds an undergraduate degree in Finance and English from West Chester University (2002) and an MFA in Poetry from the University of Pittsburgh (2007).  At Pitt, he teaches Seminar in Composition and Engineering Composition. At other colleges he has taught Creative Writing and Literature classes. He is a poet, essayist, and activist. Josh is a member of the Adjunct Faculty Association of the United Steelworkers, where he helps to organize contingent faculty in the metro Pittsburgh area.  He’s also a member of Save Our Community Hospitals and Fight Back Pittsburgh.  He’s involved with Single Payer healthcare, Marcellus Protest, and Pittsburghers for Public Transit.  His poems and prose can be found or are forthcoming in Counterpunch, The New People, Whiskey and Fox, apt, Mid-American Poetry Review, Called Back Books, Labor Notes, and other journals. He maintains a blog at and a poetry website (with poet-friends) at

You can read some of his work here:

Read his poem, “If you want to behead me, please,” in Whisky and Fox

Read his short essay, “Racism in the Bloodstream” in Counterpunch

Read another short article, “This Election B(r)ought to You B(u)y,” in The New People