Profile of Doug Dorst

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Doug Dorst's first novel, Alive in Necropolis (Riverhead Books, 2008), was named one of’s Best Books of 2008, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, a finalist for the 2009 IAFA Crawford Fantasy Award, and an honorable mention for the 2009 PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction.

His first short-story collection, The Surf Guru, is forthcoming from Riverhead in 2009. His stories have previously appeared in McSweeney’s, Ploughshares, The Atlantic Unbound, The Sun, Epoch, ZYZZYVA, and other journals. His first play, Monster in the Dark, a collaboration with foolsFURY Theater Company, had critically-acclaimed runs in San Francisco and Berkeley in 2008.

Doug is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, a former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, and a recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the James Michener/Copernicus Society, and the MacDowell Colony. He holds a B.A. from Stanford and a J.D. from U.C.-Berkeley’s Boalt Hall, and he has taught writing at Stanford and in the M.F.A. program at the California College of the Arts.

He currently lives in Austin, Texas, where he is an assistant professor of creative writing at St. Edward’s University and serves on the Board of Directors of Austin Bat Cave, a non-profit writing center for kids.


Doug Dorst's Campbell-qualifying work:
"Alive in Necropolis." Riverhead Hardcover, 2008.