Biography

Joshua Bodwell was born and raised on the coast of southern Maine, where he has continued to live most of his life.

Joshua is the Executive Director of the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, a 35-year-old nonprofit whose mission is to enrich the cultural life of Maine by supporting writers and the literary arts. He also serves as a principal and creative director at the Biddeford-based communications design studio, North40Creative.

In late 2008, Joshua ended his tenure as the associate editor Maine Home + Design magazine, where he wrote about architecture, art, and cuisine, and profiled some of Maine’s most interesting personalities. For several years prior to that, Joshua worked as a reporter and columnist for the York County Coast Star, one of Maine’s largest weekly newspapers. His journalism garnered first place awards from the Maine Press Association, while his personal columns about Maine won several awards from the New England Press Association.

Joshua has published his fiction and poetry in magazines and quarterlies across the US and in Europe, including:The Threepenny Review, Northern New England Review, The Rambler, Portland Magazine, The Chiron Review, Nerve Cowboy, Pearl, Slipstream, First Class, in Paris with Frank, and in England with Ambit and Tears In The Fence.

He is a regular contributor to Poets & Writers Magazine. His work for them has included: profiles of the author Richard Ford and the independent publisher David R. Godine, as well as a long essay on the art of reading Andre Dubus, and a profile of the independent poetry publisher Adastra Press. In the magazine’s News and Trends department, Joshua has filed articles about “big writers” leaving “big publishers,” as well as a piece on the “genre” of literary biographies.

In the late 1990s Joshua wrote a column about being a twenty-something that was published in The Santa Fe Reporter in New Mexico.

In the fall of 2001, Joshua gave a reading tour in England. During the trip, he worked as writer-in-residence at Dulwich College in London, read at the Troubadour Café in London, and was a featured reader at the Wessex International Poetry Festival in Dorset. He returned to England in the fall of 2004 for a longer teaching engagement at Dulwich and readings at the Calder Bookshop in London and the Bryanston School in Dorset. In May, 2008, he returned to London in for his third residence at Dulwich College.

In 1998, Joshua founded Clamp Down Press to print and publish fine, limited editions of poetry and fiction. To date Clamp Down Press has worked with poets such as: Philip Levine, David Mason Heminway, Christopher Locke, Tom Sexton, and Mark Weber. Clamp Down Press books and broadsides are sought out by booklovers from all over the world and are collected by universities such as Yale, Brown, Princeton, Harvard and SUNY Buffalo.

Via Clamp Down Press, Joshua has produced two back-to-back, or dos-y-dos, chapbooks with the English poet Jonathan Ward. Their 2004 collaboration was Turning Leaving (Ward) and String of Words (Bodwell); in 2008, they once again strove to strike up a conversation about the intimate connections between short stories and poetry with the collaboration Crossings (Ward) and Sixteen (Bodwell).

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AWARDS


Martin Dibner Writing Fellowship

In 2006, based upon his short story “Spaces,” Joshua won the Martin Dibner Writing Fellowship from the Maine Community Foundation; novelist and poet William Carpenter, author of The Wooden Nickel and A Keeper of Sheep judged.

Liquid Paper Press Chapbook Contest

Joshua won Second Place in the 2001 Liquid Paper Press Chapbook Contest in Austin, Texas with his collection of poetry and prose, Are You Just Getting Up?

Maine Press Association, 2006 First Place:
Analysis Reporting “KHS: Different School for Different Kids?”


Maine Press Association, 2006 First Place:
Investigative Reporting “Your Water at Work?”


New England Press Association, 2006 Third Place: Local Column


New England Press Association, 2005 Third Place: Local Column