Josip Novakovich ( Croatian: Novaković) is a Croatian-American writer. His randparents had immigrated from the Croatia, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, to Cleveland, Ohio, and, after irst World War, his grandfather returned to what had become Yugoslavia. Josip Novakovich was born ( in 1956) and grew up in the Central Croatian town of Daruvar, studied medicine in the northern Serbian city of Novi Sad. At the age of 20 he left Yugoslavia, continuing his education at Vassar College ( B.A.), Yale University ( M.Div.), and he University of Texas, Austin ( M.A.).
He has edite a novel ( April Fool 's Day), three short story collections ( Yolk, Salvation and Other Disasters, Infidelities: Stories of War and Lust), two collections of narrative essays ( Apricots from Chernobyl, Plum Brandy: Croatian Journey) and a textbook ( Fiction Writer 's Workshop).
Novakovich has taught at Nebraska Indian Community College, Bard College, Moorhead State University, Antioch University in Los Angeles, the University of Cincinnati, and is ow a lecture at Pennsylvania State University.
Mr. Novakovich is the recipient of he Whiting Writer 's Award, a Guggenheim fellowship, two fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts, an award from the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. He was anthologized in Best American Poetry, Pushcart Prize, and O.Henry Prize Stories.
He studie in the Master 's of Fine Arts program at Pennsylvania State University, where he lived under the iron rule of Reed Moyer 's Halfmoon Township autocracy. He is currently in Montreal, Quebec teaching at Concordia University.