Josiah M Hesse

Author, Journalist

Josiah Hesse is an author and journalist from Denver, Colorado, whose work has appeared in Vice, Esquire, Politico, and The Guardian. Hesse casts a wide net in his journalistic curiosities, covering everything from science, crime and politics, to pop culture, the arts, sex and drugs. After a decade of covering the slow-burn legalization of marijuana, Hesse wrote “Runner’s High: How A Movement of Cannabis-Fueled Athletes Is Changing The Science of Sports,” released on Putnam in 2021, which Kirkus Reviews called “an eye-opening and potentially mind-expanding read for runners and stoners alike, not to mention the culturally curious.”

Hesse is also the author of two psychological horror novels, "Carnality: Dancing On Red Lake,” and “Carnality: Sebastian Phoenix and The Dark Star,” both of which focus on the childhood trauma inflicted by evangelical Christian culture.

He is currently working on a memoir about the poverty and mental illness his family endured while living under the bubble of the Christian right in rural Iowa, which will be released on Pantheon in 2024.


Feb 2nd Thurs

What is the Media's Role in Cannabis and Psychedleics


Feb 3rd Fri

Psychedelics & Spirituality