David Bosworth’s fiction, poetry, and literary and cultural essays have been published in numerous journals, including "The Agni Review," "Salmagundi," "Ploughshares," "The Public Interest," "The Georgia Review," “Raritan,” “Society,” and “Sinn und Form,” the journal of Germany’s Academy of the Arts. His collection of short fiction, "The Death of Descartes," was selected by Robert Penn Warren for the Drue Heinz Literature Prize and won a special citation from PEN and the Ernest Hemingway Foundation. His novel, "From My Father, Singing" was a recipient of the Editors' Book Award. Bosworth's work has been reviewed or discussed in Newsweek, New York Times Book Review, U.S. News and World Report, The Washington Post, and elsewhere. He has given readings, lectures, held workshops, and conducted colloquia at various locales, including Radcliffe and Pomona Colleges, Oregon State University, the University of Pittsburgh, and the New America Foundation.
Over the last fifteen years, he has contributed to a number of collective projects on cultural change in America, studying topics such as the fragility of the American family, the prevalence of adult immaturity, the corporate invasion of public schools, and the disappearance of thrift as a cultural value. "The Demise of Virtue in Virtual America: The Moral Origins of the Great Recession" (Wipf & Stock, 2014), an historical study of ethical change in America, is the culmination of that work, and he is now completing a sequel.
In his earlier years, Bosworth supported his writing habit for over a decade as a factory worker and the superintendent of an apartment building, where, he is proud to say, he helped a number of aspiring writers and artists secure rent-controlled digs. A resident of Seattle, he currently teaches in, and is the former director of, the University of Washington's Creative Writing Program.