About Me

Joshua Corwin, a Los Angeles native, is a neurodiverse, Pushcart Prize-nominated poet and Spillwords Press Publication of the Month winner. His debut poetry collection Becoming Vulnerable (2020) details his experience with autism, addiction, sobriety and spirituality. He has lectured at UCLA, performed at the 2020 National Beat Poetry Festival, and his Beat poetry is to be anthologized alongside Ferlinghetti, Hirschman, Ford, Coleman and weiss late this year (Sparring Omnibus, Mystic Boxing Commission). Corwin hosts the poetry podcast “Assiduous Dust,” home of the on-the-spot collaborative poem (OTSCP), and is a columnist for Oddball Magazine. He holds a B.A. in mathematics from Pitzer College ('19) and teaches poetry to neurodiverse individuals and autistic addicts in recovery at The Miracle Project, an autism nonprofit, held at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, California. He writes to honor his grandpa, Mert, whose last words to him were “Don’t ever stop writing.”


Becoming Vulnerable

"Becoming Vulnerable is Joshua Corwin’s specialty. The man relentlessly peels away layer after layer of his fears and insecurities to reveal a courageous poet using the word for redemption. Corwin’s language is crisp and doesn’t let up. Like Allen Ginsberg said, the poet stands naked before the crowd and Joshua Corwin isn’t afraid to take it all off and leave it on the page."

Mike Sonksen

Professor at Woodbury University, author of Letters to My City

 “By inviting us into his world Joshua’s insights and wisdom remind us to listen and to be compassionate to the vulnerability of those who see the world differently. Joshua’s voice is a gift that needs to be heard.”

Elaine Hall

Award winning author Now I see the Moon

Founder of The Miracle Project

Profiled in HBO’s Autism: The Musical

“Joshua Corwin provides us with a unique voice that addresses the intersectionality between the autistic experience and recovery from addiction, with prose that is both piercing and beautiful. His unique lens reveals his passionate desire to help others who are wrestling with demons that he has successfully battled.”

Barry M. Prizant, PhD, CCC-SLP

Director, Childhood Communication Services

Adjunct Professor, Brown University

Author, Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism

 “A beautiful, powerful journey mapping a very human soul.”

Ellyn Maybe

Author of The Cowardice of Amnesia and Walking Barefoot in the Glassblowers Museum

“Joshua Corwin provides readers with an honest and open portrayal of the addictions and disorders that have challenged him since youth. […] Corwin journeys through years of emotionally and physically crippling nadirs to reach a life now filled with grace and gratitude, ever mindful of the events that have helped shape him into the person he is today.”

Rich Ferguson

Author of New Jersey Me and 8th & Agony

“This poetry takes my breath away. Cuts like a knife. Opens wounds and heals them. The words of Joshua Corwin, so precisely chosen, are rhythmical, powerful, and evocative. I read his work again and again and each time I discover new layers of wisdom and hope.”

Barbara Straus Lodge

Essayist, and Founder of Above The Noise Foundation

“Joshua Corwin’s Becoming Vulnerable is a remarkable window into the poetic mind in tense, exaltive and poignant conversation with itself. At times peering through the tangle of his own wiring, at other times displaying a dawning gratitude for all the miles that he’s come and a newfound knowledge that he has the strength to keep going (and keep writing it all into life), these poems are spare and haunting, lyrical and diagnostic. Not to be missed.”

David Rocklin

Author of The Luminist and The Night Language


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