Deb Olin Unferth

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Unferth at the National Book Critics Circle Awards in March 2012, where her book Revolution was an autobiography finalist.

Deb Olin Unferth (born November 19, 1968) is an American short story writer, novelist, and memoirist. She is the author of the collection of stories Minor Robberies, the novel Vacation, both published by McSweeney's, and the memoir, Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War, published by Henry Holt. Unferth was a finalist for a 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for her memoir, Revolution.[1][2]


Her work has appeared in Harper's, The New York Times, The Paris Review,[3] Granta,[4] McSweeney's, The Believer, The Boston Review, Esquire, and other magazines. She is a frequent contributor to Noon. She also has received two Pushcart Prizes. Unferth is an associate professor in creative writing at The University of Texas at Austin,[5] where she teaches for the Michener Center[6] and the New Writers Project.[7]

Prison Education[edit]

She founded and runs the Pen-City Writers, a two-year creative-writing certificate program at a maximum security prison in southern Texas.[8] For this work she won the 2017 Texas Governor's Criminal Justice Service Award.[9]


  • Barn 8 (novel, Graywolf Press), 2020
  • Wait Till You See Me Dance (story collection, Graywolf Press), 2017 [10]
  • I, Parrot (graphic novel) with Elizabeth Haidle, 2017[11]
  • Revolution (memoir, Henry Holt), 2011
  • Vacation (novel, McSweeney's), 2008
  • Minor Robberies (short stories, McSweeney's), 2007


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Short fiction[edit]



  1. ^ Press Release, National Book Critics Circle Announces Finalist for Publishing Year 2011. By Barbara Hoffert. 21 Jan. 2012. Retrieved 27 Jan. 2012
  2. ^ 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award Nominees Announced, Huffingtonpost. By Hillel Italie. 22 Jan. 2012. Retrieved 25 Jan 2012.
  3. ^ Unferth, Deb Olin (2015). "Voltaire Night". Vol. Summer 2015, no. 213. {{cite magazine}}: Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  4. ^ "Deb Olin Unferth".
  5. ^ "Profile for Deb Olin Unferth at UT Austin".
  6. ^ "Michener Center for Writers".
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Heartbreaking True Stories from Inside Texas Prisons".
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  10. ^ "Wait till You See Me Dance | Graywolf Press".
  11. ^ "I, Parrot: A Graphic Novel by Deb Olin Unferth and Elizabeth Haidle".
  12. ^ "John Simon Guggenheim Foundation | Deb Olin Unferth".
  13. ^ "Welcome to Pushcart Press: Publishers of the Pushcart Prize".
  14. ^ "2012 National Book Critics Circle Award Nominees Announced". Archived from the original on 2012-01-25.
  15. ^ "Creative Capital". Archived from the original on 2009-05-23.
  16. ^ "Deb Olin Unferth takes Cabell First Novelist Award". 15 August 2009.

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