Josh Pachter was born in 1951 in New York. His first short story, written when he was 16, appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine in 1968. He earned a BA and an MA, both in Speech, at the University of Michigan. After teaching high school for three years in Michigan and college for two years in Pennsylvania, he moved overseas in 1979 and began teaching a wide range of courses for the University of Maryland's European Division on American Army, Navy and Air Force bases in England, Germany, Holland, Greece, Spain, Italy, Bahrain and Pakistan.
He returned to the US in 1991, and has lived and worked since then in Cleveland, Ohio. He currently teaches at Cuyahoga Community College, Lakeland Community College and Ashland University, and he advises the Spectrum (the student newspaper at CCC-West) and edits Tri-Scene (a newsletter for adjunct faculty at CCC).
Josh has published over 70 short stories in magazines and anthologies in the US and around the world. He has edited a dozen story collections (for publishers in the US, England, Holland, Germany, France, Finland, and Brazil), and he's translated both fiction and nonfiction from Dutch into English. His translation of Janwillem van de Wetering's short story, "There Goes Ravelaar," won a special award from the Mystery Writers of America in 1986.
Biography provided by the author, August 2002