About the author
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Will Boast was born in England and grew up in Ireland and Wisconsin. His story collection, Power Ballads, won the 2011 Iowa Short Fiction Award. His fiction and essays have appeared in Best New American Voices, Virginia Quarterly Review, Glimmer Train, The American Scholar, and The New York Times, among other publications. He’s been a Stegner Fellow in fiction at Stanford and a Charles Pick Fellow at the University of East Anglia in the UK. His memoir, Epilogue, is out now from W.W. Norton Co/Liveright (Sept. 2014) and forthcoming from Granta Books (Jan. 2015) in the UK. He currently divides his time between Chicago and Brooklyn, NY.
The longer version… I was born in Southampton, England, and grew up there and in County Limerick in Ireland before my family emigrated to America, where we lived in Wisconsin. I attended the Sisters of Mercy National School of Limerick (Ireland) and Fontana Elementary School and Big Foot High School (Wisconsin). I did my undergraduate degree at Knox College and my graduate degree at the University of Virginia, after which I did post-grad fellowships at Stanford University and the University of East Anglia. Along the way I've also lived in Chicago, Madison (WI), San Francisco, Berlin, and Brooklyn. Starting this fall, I'll be teaching at the University of Chicago and will be dividing my time between there and New York. I visit England once or twice a year and also try to get to San Francisco and Los Angeles (a current source of fascination) as often as I can.
Alongside my literary pursuits, I've played, toured, and recorded with bands, and music has been a fairly constant passion for me since high school. Through college, I played tuba and trombone in various ensembles and jazz groups. Since I've played drum set in rock bands, most of them San Francisco-based. Over the past few years, I've become interested in long-form narrative journalism and one-hour TV drama. In addition to projects in those mediums, I'm currently working on a novel.
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