Josh Axelrad


I'm a writer and person who talks on stage. My memoir, Repeat Until Rich, was published by Penguin Press and recognized alongside work by Jennifer Egan and David Shields as a Best Book of 2010 by The Nervous Breakdown. I'm a regular at The Moth where I've hosted StorySlams, toured with The Moth Mainstage, and been featured on The Moth Radio Hour. My writing's been anthologized by Harper Perennial and appeared on The Daily Beast, The New York Times Online, The Guardian Online, and Smith Magazine. I have a background in advantage gambling, a qualification that once led to an erroneous booking on Bloomberg Television which brought delight to several people while confusing thousands. I've appeared on stage at the Players Club in New York, Seattle's Neptune Theater, the Royce Auditorium in Grand Rapids, and many other venues large and small. I was born in California and raised there and in Kansas, and I was educated in New York City where I majored in philosophy in college, then walked around the boroughs for ten years buying objects I later disposed of. I live with my extraordinary wife and our daughter in Seattle, Washington, where I'm a 2019 resident of the Jack Straw Writers Program.

New York Times
The Plain Dealer
Connecticut Post
Arnold Snyder

New York Times
The Times [of London]
BBC Radio 4
The Leonard Lopate Show
Minnesota Public Radio
KUOW's The Conversation
Gambling With An Edge
Smith Magazine

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