Josip Novakovich is a Croatian-American writer. His grandparents immigrated from the Croatian part of the Austro-Hungarian (Hapsburg) Empire to Cleveland, Ohio, and after the first World War, his grandfather returned to what had become Yugoslavia. Josip Novakovich was born and grew up in the Central Croatian town of Daruvar and studied medicine in the northern Serbian city of Novi Sad. At the age of 20 he left Yugoslavia, continuing his education at Vassar College (BA), Yale University (MDiv), and the University of Texas at Austin (MA).
His published works include a novel, April Fool's Day, and three short story collections, Yolk, Salvation and Other Disasters, and Infidelities: Stories of War and Lust. Additional works include two collections of narrative essays, Apricots from Chernobyl and Plum Brandy: Croatian Journal, and a textbook, Fiction Writer's Workshop. Novakovich has taught at Nebraska Indian Community College, Bard College, Moorhead State University, Antioch University in Los Angeles, and the University of Cincinnati.
He is the recipient of the Whiting Writer's Award, a Guggenheim fellowship, two fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Ingram Merrill Award, and an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. He was also anthologized in Best American Poetry, Pushcart Prize, and O.Henry Prize Stories.
Novakovich currently teaches in the Master's of Fine Arts program at Pennsylvania State University.