Josh Foreman

Official Panelist

2023 Participant · Non-Fiction · History

Josh Foreman
Josh Foreman

Josh Foreman writes about Mississippi and the broader South with his longtime friend Ryan Starrett. In their narrative history books, Josh and Ryan tell stories from New Orleans, Dallas, the Gulf Coast, the Mississippi Delta, Jackson, Natchez, the Natchez Trace, and more.

Josh began his writing career at Mississippi State University's Reflector newspaper, where he was editor-in-chief in 2004-2005. He is now the advisor to the Reflector, where he is lucky to get to know the future leaders in Mississippi journalism. Josh also teaches journalism classes in the Communication Department at Mississippi State. In 2022, he was given the department's Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Josh's interest in narrative history was stoked as an MFA student at the University of New Hampshire. Josh began researching his family's history in 1600s Jamestown, Virginia. "Age of Swine," an essay he wrote exploring the role of pigs in Southern history, was published by the Southern Review in 2016, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Josh spent eight years living in his second home: Seoul, South Korea. In Seoul, Josh worked as a teacher, writer and editor. There, Josh met his wife, Melissa Hubley. Josh and Melissa got to know each other during a yearlong trip that began in Irkutsk, Russia in January, and wound through China, Southeast Asia, India, the Himalayas, and ended in New Orleans.

Josh and Melissa live in Starkville, Miss., with their three children: Keeland, Genevieve, and Ulrich.

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  • Hidden History of the Mississippi Delta

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