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David Joseph is the award-winning author of The Old Men Who Row Boats and Other Stories. His writing has been published in The Wall Street Journal, LA Times, London Magazine, DoubleTake Magazine, Motherwell, The Smart Set, and Rattle. He is a graduate of Hobart College and the University of Southern California’s Graduate Writing Program, where he was a recipient of the Kerr Fellowship and served as editor for the Southern California Anthology. In 2002, he Co-Founded the Nonprofit organization America SCORES LA, and he received The John Henry Hobart Fellowship for Ethics and Social Justice in 2007. He has taught at Pepperdine University and Harvard University. In 2019, he was awarded a position on the Fulbright Specialist Roster.

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On 6/1/23, David Joseph released his second collection of short fiction I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY, SO I JUST SAID THANKS. The book is being published by Portal 6 Press and is available in Paperback and Kindle formats through Amazon. Order your copy today by clicking HERE.

"Poignant and rich with humanity." - Kirkus Reviews

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I Didn't Know What To Say, So I Just Said Thanks

"Poignant and rich with humanity." - Kirkus Reviews

"Particularly earnest and incredibly powerful, I Didn't Know What To Say, So I Just Said Thanks is a thoughtful collection of stories about the humble moments in life that add up to the sum of our collective selves."

- Indies Today, 5 Stars *****

"A perfect short story collection you're bound to love." - Readers Favorite, 5 Stars *****

"A must-read for anyone who enjoys literature that explores the human condition and inspires reflection. David Joseph's book will leave an indelible impression on anyone who reads it."

- Literary Titan, 5 Stars *****

"This is another keenly observed and transportive collection of stories that will inspire thought in every reader." -  LoveReading, Indie Books We Love

"David Joseph is a perceptive observer of humanity and the stories in I Didn't Know What to Say, So I Just Said Thanks are chock full of insight into the human condition. He knows the traumas that haunt us and the ways in which those hauntings manifest as life goes on, and he understands the struggles, the tough decisions that we all put off until they weigh a thousand tons." - Independent Book Review

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Awards and Prizes

David Joseph is the recipient of a number of literary prizes and book awards, including The Next Generation Indie Book Award and the FAPA President’s Book Award. In addition, his first collection of fiction The Old Men Who Row Boats and Other Stories received two distinguished designations for independent books, earning an Indie B.R.A.G.G Medallion and being included in the UK’s LoveReading list of Indie Books We Love. In 2023, the Independent Book Review selected it as one of 23 Hidden Gems on Kindle Unlimited.

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El Segundo, CA 90245

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