Kent Kosack is a writer and educator living in Pittsburgh, PA. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Pittsburgh where he teaches composition and creative writing. He also teaches creative writing at the Pittsburgh Center for Arts & Media and serves as Director of the Educational Arm at Asymptote, designing lesson plans to promote world literature in the classroom.
For his writing, research and teaching, he has received grants and awards from the University of Pittsburgh and the Hemera Foundation. His essay, “One Last Note for Paul Nervy,” won the 2019 Graduate Creative Nonfiction Award and his short story collection, “Chaos is Being Yourself,” was the second-place finalist for the 2018 Nordan-Kinder Graduate Award in Fiction. His essay, “Curriculum Vitae,” was featured in “This Week in Essays” in The Rumpus and his short story, “Make and Model,” was translated into Italian and published by Black Coffee Press. His short story “Khoshbakhtam” was a finalist for the 2020 Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction.
His stories and essays have appeared, or are forthcoming, in Tin House, the Cincinnati Review, the Normal School, Hobart and elsewhere. He is working on a novel and a collection of short stories.