More About the Author
Peter Selgin won the 2007 Flannery O'Connor Award for Fiction (Drowning Lessons, UGA Press, 2008), and the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society Prize for Best Novel (The Water Master). His first novel, Life Goes to the Movies, was a finalist for the James Jones First Novel Fellowship and the AWP Award for the Novel and was named one of the Best Books of 2009 by ForeWord Magazine.
Selgin's most recent book is Confessions of a Left-Handed Man, a memoir-in-essays, published by the University of Iowa Press/Sightline Books. A second memoir, "Landscape w/ English Teacher," was short-listed for both the Bakeless Prize and the Graywolf Press Prize. He is also the author of two books on writing craft, By Cunning & Craft, and 179 Ways to Save a Novel: Matters of Vital Concern to Fiction Writers (both from Writers Digest Books), as well as several picture books for children. He is a faculty member of Antioch University's MFA writing program and is Distinguished Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at Rollins College.
His stories and essays have appeared in dozens of publications, including Salon, The Sun, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, Missouri Review, Colorado Review, and Alaska Quarterly Review, and in the anthologies Our Roots Are Deep With Passion (Other Books, 2006), Writing Fiction (Bloomsbury, 2003), Writers and Their Notebooks, (University of South Carolina Press, Summer 2009), and Best American Essays, 2006. He leads an annual writing workshop in Italy, and is the fiction and nonfiction editor of Alimentum: the Literature of Food http://www.alimentumjournal.com/.
Before turning full-time to writing, Peter earned his living as a visual artist and illustrator, with work appearing in The New Yorker, Gourmet, The Wall Street Journal, Outside, Fine Gardening, and many other magazines. His series of naive paintings of the Titanic were the subject of articles in the Wall Street Journal and on NPR and Fox's Good Morning, America.
As a playwright, Peter has won national competitions. Three of his plays were finalists for the Eugene O'Neill National Playwright's Conference, where his full-length drama, A God in the House, based on Dr. Kevorkian and his suicide machine, had its world premiere.
Peter's hobbies include swimming in all seasons in any body of water available (preferably a lake), and daydreaming at sunny cafe tables.
Peter's website: http://www.peterselgin.com/; Peter's blog: http://dreamingonpaper.blogspot.com/