Larry Woiwode

Biography

Larry Woiwode's work has appeared in Esquire, the Atlantic Monthly, GQ, Harpers, the New Yorker, the Paris Review, and many other publications, and his work has been translated into a dozen languages. His eight novels include What I'm Going to Do, I Think--a first novel that won both the William Faulkner Foundation Award and a "notable book award" from the American Library Association; Beyond the Bedroom Wall--one of the finest novels to appear in our contemporary literature; Poppa John; Born Brothers; and Indian Affairs. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a John dos Passos Prize winner, a recipient of awards from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, a nominee for both the National Book Critics circle, and the National Book Award. Of his collection of short stories Silent Passengers, the novelist Charles Johnson said that Woiwode's "masterful hand and generous vision transform our most evanescent and commonplace experiences into something akin to gold....they are stories that sharpen our way of seeing from one of America's finest prose stylists." Larry has recently published What I Think I Did which is an account of living through the fiercest winter in North Dakota history in 1996. He uses this 'season of survival' as a base from which to examine memory, and departs from the ferocious blizzards and ravenous cold to revisit his early days in New York in the 1960s, where his life as a writer began under the mentorship of the great New Yorker editor William Maxwell. He lives in North Dakota with his wife and children where he continues to write.