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Introducing our next Executive Director, Joshua Wolf Shenk

The Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute is delighted to announce Joshua Wolf Shenk as our next Executive Director. Josh will succeed our retiring Executive Director, Carol Harter.

Josh is the author of the acclaimed Powers of Two: How Relationships Drive Creativity and the highly regarded Lincoln’s Melancholy. A founding advisor to The Moth storytelling series, he served on the organization’s board of directors, where he played a lead role in developing The Moth Radio Hour, now on nearly four hundred stations worldwide. 

Josh began his career at The New Republic, The Washington Monthly, and The Economist, and has written cover stories for Harper’s, The Atlantic, and Time. He has taught creative nonfiction at The New School and served as the Director of The Rose O’Neill Literary House at Washington College in Maryland. He founded the Arts in Mind series, a conversation series on the intersections of the arts and psychology, and the Erikson Prize in Mental Health Media. 

After studying literature and history at Harvard, Josh worked at The New Republic with writers including Michael Lewis, Michael Kinsley, and Andrew Sullivan. At the helm of The Washington Monthly, he edited Paul Krugman, James Fallows, and Taylor Branch, among many others. His own essays have been published in Harper’s, The New York Times, and The Atlantic, which featured his 2009 cover story “What Makes Us Happy?” He has been a creative advisor to the executive director of Literary Arts in Portland, working to re-launch the Wordstock literary festival, and is the West Coast Representative of the MacDowell Colony’s Fellows Executive Committee.

Josh's appointment concludes a two-year search to locate a worthy successor to Carol, who founded BMI in 2006 after serving eleven years as President of UNLV.

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