Douglas Trevor

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Douglas Trevor
Born Douglas Trevor
Pasadena, California
Occupation Novelist, Short-story writer
Nationality American
Period 1991—
Notable works

Girls I Know (2013)
The Thin Tear in the Fabric of Space (2005)
The Poetics of Melancholy in Early Modern England (2004)

Historicism, Psychoanalysis, and Early Modern Culture (2000)

Douglas Trevor (born 1969)[1] is an American author and academic. He received the Iowa Short Fiction Award[2] and was a finalist for the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for his first book, a collection of stories entitled The Thin Tear in the Fabric of Space (2005).[3] His other books include The Poetics of Melancholy in Early Modern England (2004) and the novel Girls I Know (2013). He teaches in the English Department and Creative Writing Program at the University of Michigan.[4]


Trevor was born in Pasadena, California. He moved to Denver, Colorado at the age of three.

He attended high school at the Kent Denver School and from there went to Princeton University, where he studied Comparative Literature and Creative Writing. In the Princeton Creative Writing Program, Trevor worked with Joyce Carol Oates, Russell Banks, and Toni Morrison. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude in 1992, Trevor went to France on a Rotary Fellowship to study the essayist Michel de Montaigne at the Université de Tours. After completing a year of study, he matriculated to Harvard University, where he began work on an English PhD. In 1999 he completed his PhD and took an assistant professorship in the English Department at the University of Iowa. In 2001 he was married. He received tenure in 2005. While at Iowa, Trevor also served for a time as the Fiction Editor of The Iowa Review (2000-2004).[1] In 2007 he took a tenured position at the University of Michigan. The father of two, he was divorced in 2010.[1]

Published work[edit]

Trevor's first published work in a national distributed journal was in The Ontario Review when he was twenty-four. For the next decade, he published short stories in journals and magazines such as Glimmer Train, The Paris Review, Epoch (American magazine), The New England Review,[5] and The Black Warrior Review.[1]

In 2004, Trevor's first book appeared. The Poetics of Melancholy in Early Modern England was a study of how writers such as John Donne, Edmund Spenser, and John Milton utilized the term melancholic to enhance their reputations as learned writers.[6] In 2005, Trevor published his first collection of stories, The Thin Tear in the Fabric of Space. Each of these nine stories circles around a different experience of grief following the death of a loved one. The collection is dedicated to the writer's sister, Jolee, who died unexpectedly in 1998.[7]

As a scholar of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English literature, Trevor has published widely on writers ranging from Thomas More to Milton, and was the co-editor (with Carla Mazzio) of Historicism, Psychoanalysis, and Early Modern Culture (2000).[8]


Short Stories
  • "The Librarian" (2010, Michigan Quarterly Review)[9]
  • "The Thin Tear in the Fabric of Space" (2005, The Black Warrior Review)
  • "The Surprising Weight of the Body's Organs" (2005, Epoch)
  • "Girls I Know" (2004, Epoch)
  • "The Fellowship of the Bereaved" (2003, Fugue)
  • "Little Indian" (2003, Notre Dame Review)
  • "The River" (2003, Glimmer Train)
  • "Central Square" (2002, New England Review)
  • "Saint Francis in Flint" (2001, The Paris Review)[8]
  • "The Whores in Tours" (1996, Madison Review)
  • "A Pale Morning Done" (1995, River City: A Journal of Contemporary Culture)
  • "Brother Love" (1994, Ontario Review)
  • "The Box Chart" (1991, Nassau Literary Review)

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Fellow, Institute for the Humanities, University of Michigan (2012-2013)[10]
  • LSA Excellence in Education Award, University of Michigan (2011) [11]
  • Theodore Morrison Fellow in Fiction, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference (2007)[5]
  • Writer-in-Residence, the Ucross Foundation, Clearmont, Wyoming (2007, 2012)[12]
  • Finalist, Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for First Fiction for The Thin Tear in the Fabric of Space (2006)[3]
  • Anthologized, "Girls I Know," in The O. Henry Prize Stories 2006 [13]
  • Anthologized, "Girls I Know," in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2005 [14]
  • John C. Gerber Teaching Prize, Department of English, University of Iowa (2005) [15]
  • Dean's Scholar, University of Iowa (2005-2006) [16]
  • Winner, The Iowa Short Fiction Award for The Thin Tear in the Fabric of Space (2005) [2]
  • David R. Sokolov Scholar in Fiction, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference (2003))[5]
  • Fellow, The Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, University of Iowa (2002)
  • Winner, Chris O'Malley Prize in Short Fiction, Madison Review (1996)
  • Finalist, The Nelson Algren Awards in Short Fiction, Chicago Tribune (1993)
  • Finalist, Rhodes Scholarship (1992)
  • Francis LeMoyne Page Senior Thesis Award, Princeton University; Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude (1992)[17]


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