Joshua Davis (writer)

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Joshua Davis
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Born 1974
Occupation Writer, Journalist, Filmmaker, Co-Founder of Epic Magazine
Nationality American

Joshua Davis is a writer, film producer and co-founder of Epic Magazine. He lives in San Francisco, California.

Davis is currently a contributing editor at Wired magazine. In 2003, he reported from Iraq for the magazine. He has also written about genetically modified cocaine in Colombia, attempts to engineer the apocalypse in Jerusalem, and the 2007 cyberwar between Estonia and Russia. His work has been anthologized in the 2006 and 2007 editions of "The Best of Technology Writing"[1] as well as the 2007 edition of "The Best American Science Writing."[2] His work has also appeared in the New Yorker, GQ, Outside, Food & Wine, Men's Health and Maxim.

Davis' first book, The Underdog, was published by Random House in 2005. It chronicles Davis' entry into unusual competitions around the world, including the World Armwrestling Championship in Gdynia, Poland; the US Sumo Open in Los Angeles; the World Sauna Championship in Heinol, Finland; and the Golden Shrimp, a backwards running competition in Poviglio, Italy.

Davis' experiences as an arm wrestler are also chronicled in his film, "The Beast Within," which won Best Documentary at the Telluride Mountain Film Festival in 2003. 20th Century Fox is adapting his experiences as a lightweight sumo wrestler into a movie starring Jon Heder.

In 2013, Davis and Joshuah Bearman formed Epic Magazine,[3] a magazine devoted to telling extraordinary true stories. The venture comes on the heels of "Argo",[4] the Academy Award winning film, which was based on an article Bearman wrote. Over the past 10 years, Josh and Bearman have sold 20 articles to Hollywood, with 2 films produced.

In 2014, Davis was selected as a Finalist for a National Magazine Award in Feature Writing.

His article "La Vida Robot," about four teenage immigrants who build an underwater robot, was adapted into a movie entitled "Spare Parts" by Warner Brothers starring George Lopez, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Marisa Tomei. It premiered in January 2015.[5]


  • The Underdog," 2006
  • "La Vida Robot," Best of Technology Writing, 2006
  • "Say Hello to Stanley", Best of Technology Writing, 2007
  • "Face Blind," Best American Science Writing, 2007
  • Spare Parts, Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream, 2014


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