About Josiah

About Josiah

Josiah is a freelance journalist in Denver, Colorado. He writes about politics, marijuana and evangelical culture and theology, and is a regular contributor to the Guardian and Vice. He’s also had bylines in Politico, High Times, and The Denver Post, and is the senior editor of the Denver arts and literature magazine Suspect Press.

An Iowa native and leading authority on 90s Christian rock, Josiah released his debut novel Carnality: Dancing On Red Lake in 2015. A psychological horror about growing up in an isolated farming community fueled by pentecostal Christianity and methamphetamine, the book was hailed as “one of the finest novels to come out of Denver’s burgeoning arts scene.”

In 2018 Hesse released the followup novel Carnality: Sebastian Phoenix and the Dark Star, following our queer protagonist through his teenage years as an evangelical pop superstar with a devastating secret.

He is currently working on a novel that will be part of the Meow Wolf Denver exhibit narrative, which will be released in 2021.


“A habitué of the city’s underground, a trend-observer possessed of a vivid imagination and a keen eye for culture.”

— Westword