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Creative Writing Program

Brad Watson

Associate Professor

B.A., Mississippi State University

M.F.A., University of Alabama

Hoyt Hall 346


Books include a collection of short stories, Aliens In The Prime of Their Lives (Norton), Last Days of the Dog-Men (Norton), which received the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a novel, The Heaven of Mercury (Norton), which received the Southern Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction and was a finalist for the 2002 National Book Award in Fiction. Awarded a 2004 NEA fellowship and a 2006 writing residency from the Lannan Foundation.

Honors & Distinctions

Award in Letters from the Academy of American Arts and Letters, 2013

Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, 2011

Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award in Fiction

National Endowment for the Arts Grant in Fiction, 2004

Nominated for The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, 2004, The Heaven of Mercury

Southern Book Award in Fiction, Southern Book Critics Circle, 2003, The Heaven of Mercury

Fiction Award, Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters, 2003, The Heaven of Mercury

Finalist, National Book Award in Fiction, 2002, The Heaven of Mercury

Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, 1997, Last days of the Dog Men

Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction, American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1997, Last Days of the Dog-Men

Best American Mystery Stories, 1997 and 2000, Houghton Mifflin  (both stories also cited as Honorable Mention in same publisher's Best American Short Stories in those years)

Advisor to three winners of Hoopes Prize thesis award, Harvard University, 1998 & 1999

Shane Stevens Fellow in Fiction, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, 1996

Teaching-Writing Fellow, University of Alabama Creative Writing Program, 1979 and 1980

Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives

Boston Globe names book in top 12 reads of 2010.

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