Peter Turchi

Peter Turchi’s stories have appeared in Ploughshares, Story, The Alaska Quarterly Review, Puerto del Sol, and The Colorado Review, among other journals.

“Night, Truck, Two Lights Burning,” was listed as one of 100 Notable Stories of 2002 by the editors of Best American Short Stories and one of 15 Recommended Stories by the jury for the O. Henry Prize Stories.

He has received Washington College’s Sophie Kerr Prize, an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award, North Carolina’s Sir Walter Raleigh Award, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Born in Baltimore, he earned his BA at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, and his MFA at the University of Arizona.

He has taught at Northwestern University and Appalachian State University, has twice been on the faculty of the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, and in 2006 served as a Visiting Professor in the Department of English at the University of Houston.

From 1993 through 2008 he taught fiction in and directed The MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina.

He is now teaches at and is the director of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University.

Bibliography:
Magician: Stories
The Sketchbooks, Drawings, and Prints of Charles Ritchie
The Girls Next Door
The Pirate Prince (co-author with Barry Clifford)
Bringing the Devil to His Knees: The Craft of Fiction and Life Writing (co-editor with Charles Baxter)
The Story Behind the Story (co-edited with Andrea Barrett)

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