Who I Am

I was born in Massachusetts in 1970, but spent most of my life in the South. I studied literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at the University of New Orleans. Among other things, I’ve been a cook on oil rigs and barges, a bouncer at a strip club, and a bartender in New Orleans.

My first book – North American Lake Monsters: stories — will be coming out in the summer of 2013 from Small Beer Press. Several of the stories have been reprinted in Year’s Best anthologies. One of them, called “The Monsters of Heaven,” won a Shirley Jackson Award.

Now I live in Asheville, NC, with my daughter in an apartment across from the French Broad River. Freight trains pass by my window at night.

9 Responses to Who I Am

  1. April says:

    Lovely, N. :)
    (a bouncer? really? in a strip club?)

  2. Bobbi says:

    Such beautiful writings, Nathan. A gift.
    And your eyes, another gift. From your dad.
    Love you. Aunt Bobbi

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  4. A says:

    You forgot to say you can make a roux.

  5. Glyn Jackson says:

    I enjoyed North American Monsters very much, excited by your mention of a Mars NOVEL, looking forward to reading more of your stories, Very Best, Glyn Jackson

  6. Nathan, I told you you’d win last year at the Shirley Jackson awards. They announced your book second in the tie, but I was so nervous right before and crushed when they announced the first winner. I was so sure! And then the tie was announced, and I was thinking, ‘I told him that around this time last year!’

    I’m so gratified to see that I was right. The only thing that could have been better was to see you there.

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