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David Shields

PDL A-414
543-2247 (voice mail)


B.A., (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), Brown University, 1978
MFA, (Honors in Fiction), University of Iowa, 1980

Professional Affiliations

PEN, Authors League, Writers Guild of America, Poets & Writers, Associated Writing Programs, MLA

Areas of Interest

Literary collage, lyric essay, personal essay, book-length essay, boundary-jumping work

Research interests

David Shields is the internationally bestselling author of twenty books, including Reality Hunger (named one of the best books of 2010 by more than thirty publications), The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead (New York Times bestseller), and  Black Planet (finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award). Forthcoming are That Thing You Do With Your Mouth (McSweeney’s, June 2015), War Is Beautiful (powerHouse, September 15), Flip-Side (powerHouse, January 2016) and Other People (Knopf, February 2017). The recipient of Guggenheim and NEA fellowships, Shields has published essays and stories in the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, Esquire, Yale Review, Village Voice, Salon, Slate, McSweeney’s, and Believer. His work has been translated into twenty languages.

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