Ron Carlson’s most recent novel is The Signal from Viking. His short stories have appeared in Esquire, Harpers, The New Yorker, and other journals, as well as The Best American Short Stories, The O’Henry Prize Series, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction and other anthologies. His book on writing, Ron Carlson Writes a Story, is taught widely.
He has been awarded a NEA Fellowship, the Cohen Prize at Ploughshares, the McGinnis Award at the Iowa Review, the Aspen Literary Award, and his novel Five Skies was One Book Rhode Island in 2009. His book of poems, Room Service, was published by Red Hen in Spring 2012, and his new novel, Return to Oakpine, will be published this summer. Mr. Carlson is the Director of the Graduate Program in Fiction at the University of California, Irvine. He was born in Logan, Utah.