Darren DeFrain

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Darren DeFrain (born June 15, 1967) is an American author and teacher of creative writing who writes novels, short fiction, and essays.

Life and education[edit]

Darren DeFrain was born June 15, 1967 in Fairbanks, Alaska. He received a B.A. in English, B.S. in Psychology, and a minor in Italian from the University of Utah in 1989, an M.A. from Kansas State University in 1992, an MFA from Texas State University in 1995, and a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from Western Michigan University in 2000. He lives in Wichita with wife, writer Melinda DeFrain.

Career[edit]

Darren DeFrain is the author of two books of fiction. His novel The Salt Palace (2005) [1] was nominated for several best-of-the-year lists including The Kansas City Star. This heavily footnoted, postmodern work, sometimes described as a cult novel, examines the histories of the LDS church, the state of Utah, and the Utah Jazz basketball franchise against the story of Brian Peterson and a one-armed hitchhiker as they attempt a dangerous series of road games on their way from Michigan to Utah. DeFrain’s collection of short fiction, Inside & Out: Stories, debuted in 2009 and was praised[2] by MacArthur Fellow Stuart Dybek, and Rea award winner Antonya Nelson.

DeFrain has been on faculty at Wichita State University[3] since 2005 and is currently Associate Professor.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Salt Palace (2005)
  2. ^ www.mainstreetrag.com
  3. ^ Wichita State University official website
  4. ^ Darren DeFrain at the Wichita State University official website.

External links[edit]