Joshua Ellison is co-founder of Restless Books. As Executive Editor, he brought celebrated authors from around the world into the English language, including the cult filmmaker and guru Alejandro Jodorowsky; groundbreaking science fiction from Cuba; the emerging Icelandic star, Oddny Eir; the Hungarian Gyorgy Spiro, and many others. He is the editor of the innovative series The Face, with contributions from bestselling and prize-winning authors like Ruth Ozeki, Chris Abani, Tash Aw, Lynne Tillman, Roxane Gaye, and others (Read a profile in the Los Angeles Review of Books).
Since launching in 2013, Restless Books and its titles have earned accolades from the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, The Guardian, Ha'aretz, and many other important venues.
He is the co-author of Reclaiming Travel (Duke University Press, 2015). Before Restless, he was the founding editor of Habitus, an international journal of Diaspora culture and literature. Library Journal commended the magazine’s “exemplary creative and journalistic work.” His work has appeared in The New York Times, World Policy Journal, and on National Public Radio, and in publications from Belfast to Beijing. He has curated events and delivered lectures at the New York Public Library, Harvard University, Princeton University, The PEN World Voices Festival, The Museum of Jewish History, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, the London Book Fair, and other venues. As a photographer, writer, and editor, he has worked in Israel, Bosnia, Hungary, Russia, Mexico, Argentina, and Germany.
He is the host and producer of the podcast U.S. and Us: Conversations with Non-Americans, New Americans, and Somewhat Americans, launching in the summer of 2018.