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Writer Bret Anthony Johnston

Award-winning fiction writer Bret Anthony Johnston read from his work on March 15 as part of the P.B. Parris Visiting Writers Series. Johnston is the author of the internationally acclaimed "Corpus Christi: Stories" and the editor of "Naming the World: And Other Exercises for the Creative Writer." Named a Best Book of the Year by The Independent of London and The Irish Times, "Corpus Christi: Stories" received The Southern Review’s Annual Short Fiction Award, the Texas Institute of Letters’ Debut Fiction Award,the Christopher Isherwood Prize and the James Michener Fellowship. His work appears in magazines such as The Paris Review, The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, The Oxford American and Tin House and in anthologies such as New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, and 2010. He is a graduate of Miami University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and the recipient of the Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers and a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship. He has written essays for Slate.com and is a regular contributor to NPR’s "All Things Considered." In 2006, the National Book Foundation honored him with a new National Book Award for writers under 35. A skateboarder for almost twenty years, he is currently the Director of Creative Writing at Harvard. He was interviewed by senior Creative Writing major Brian Hart.

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