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Who I Am

Writer. Professor. Reader. Father. Runner, bicyclist, and weight trainer. Hiker (in summer). Coffee and Whiskey and Gin Aficionado. Rarely in that order.


Novels. Short Collections. Creative Writing Pedagogy Texts. 


Thrillers, of the Psychological and Murder Mystery sort. Feature and Shorts. Writer (primarily), but also Actor and Producer (when called for).

“Everyone who writes short stories is a hero to me. To use an economy of words—and space—to distill feelings while also telling a story has to be difficult. Joseph Rein shows us how it’s done in his debut collection Roads Without Houses.”

Mary Ann Grossmann, St. Paul Pioneer Press