JOSEPH HURKA, 31, received his undergraduate education at Bradford College, where he was Andre Dubus's teaching assistant. In 1986, after graduating from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he worked with the Coast Guard Reserve as a military journalist and, later, as a free-lance public relations writer in the Chicago area and New Hampshire. At 27, he started teaching at a community college in Illinois, then at Tufts University and Emerson College in Boston. A songwriter as well, his stories have appeared in various literary quarterlies and in the story anthology Into the Silence. He is finishing his first novel.
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