Conquistador of the Useless

Debut novel—Available Now

About Me


 Joshua Isard grew up in the Philadelphia area, earned his BA in English at Temple University, and then went on to study creative writing at the University of Edinburgh and literature at University College London.

His short stories have appeared in The Broadkill Review, Press 1, Northwind, and Storychord, and his first novel is now available from Cinco Puntos Press. He is currently the director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Arcadia University in Glenside, PA. He lives outside Philadelphia with his wife, newborn daughter, and two cats.

Conquistador of the Useless

Available Spring 2012

Available Spring 2013

Nathan Wavelsky, a happy-go-lucky slacker, has no trouble being successful as a mid-level corporate manager. He doesn’t care, he does what’s he’s told and the boat doesn’t rock. But then he gives Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle to a teenage girl and her parents are righteously appalled. His wife decides she wants a baby. His best friend wants him to climb Mount Everest with him. Shit begins to happen.


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Cover art by Anne Giangiulio










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