Episode 45: Richard Bausch


Please join Melissa Studdard and Donna Baier-Stein for a conversation with award winning short story writer and novelist, Richard Bausch. He is the author of eleven novels, eight short story collections, and one volume of poetry and prose.

Richard Bausch is a master of short story, winning many awards throughout his career. His stories have appeared in many well known magazines including, Harper’s, The Atlantic Monthly, Gentlemen’s Quarterly, and Esquire. His stories have been anthologized in The Granta Book of the American Short Story and The Vintage Book of the Contemporary American Short Story. In 2012, he won the prestigious $30,000 Rea Award for The Short Story.

Bausch’s stories have appeared in Harper’s, The Atlantic Monthly, Gentleman’s Quarterly, Esquire and many other magazines and have been anthologized in The Granta Book of the American Short Story and Something Is Out There: Stories (Vintage Contemporaries). In 2012, he won the prestigious $30,000 Rea Award for The Short Story.

Richard Bausch’s story collection Something Is Out There was a 2010 Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist, and an earlier novel, The Last Good Time, was made into a movie directed by Bob Balaban. His eighth novel, Peace, won the 2009 Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the W.Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction from the American Library Association. He has also written a book of poetry and prose called These Extremes.

Bausch is the recipient of numerous grants, and fellowships including a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Hillsdale Prize of The Fellowship of Southern Writers, The Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writers’ Award, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Award in Literature. In 1997, Richard Bausch was elected to the Fellowship of Southern Writers and ten years later he became chancellor of the Fellowship.

Bausch received his B.A. from George Mason University and his MFA from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop at the University of Iowa. Since 2002 he is the editor of The Norton Anthology of Short FictionHe is the twin brother of fiction author Robert Bausch. He currently teaches at Chapman University in Orange, California.

In a press release statement announcing Richard Bausch’s selection as winner of the Rea Award, jurors Stuart Dybek, and Richard Ford said the following on Bausch’s work: “Richard Bausch is a shining light in the small group of great American story-writers. His stories, published in many languages and widely anthologized in our own country, bear out the directive that literature should renew our sensuous and emotional lives and foster a new awareness in its readers. […] Bausch’s stories … are incisive, surprising, felicitous, various, often mirthful, and unstintingly about those subjects we can not afford to ignore: matters of life and death, yes; but chiefly matters of life sustained.”


 For more information on Richard Bausch please visit: http://richardbausch.com/

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