|Kevin John Brockmeier|
December 6, 1972|
Little Rock, Arkansas,
Kevin John Brockmeier (born December 6, 1972) is an American writer of fantasy and literary fiction. His short stories have been printed in numerous publications and he has published two collections of stories, two children's novels, and two fantasy novels. Brockmeier, who was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, is a graduate of Parkview Arts and Science Magnet High School (1991) and Southwest Missouri State University (1995). He taught at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he received his MFA in 1997, and lives in Little Rock.
Brockmeier has won three O. Henry Prizes, the Chicago Tribune's Nelson Algren Award for Short Fiction, Italo Calvino Short Fiction Award and several and the Booker Worthen Literary Prize and the Porter Fund Literary Prize.
- Things That Fall from the Sky (New York City: Pantheon Books, 2002, ISBN 0-375-42134-3)
- The View From The Seventh Layer (New York: Pantheon Books, 2008, ISBN 0-375-42530-6)
- The Truth About Celia (New York: Pantheon Books, 2003, ISBN 0-375-42135-1)
- The Brief History of the Dead (New York: Pantheon Books, 2006, ISBN 0-375-42369-9)
- The Illumination (New York: Pantheon Books, 2011, ISBN 0-375-42531-4)
- A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip: A Memoir of Seventh Grade (New York: Pantheon Books, 2014, ISBN 0-307-90898-4)
For younger readers
- City of Names (Viking, 2002)
- Grooves: A Kind of Mystery (New York: Katherine Tegen Books, 2006, ISBN 0-06-073691-7)
- "The Brief History of the Dead" (published in The New Yorker September 8, 2003; used as the first chapter of the novel by the same name)
For more information on individual stories, see Things That Fall from the Sky
Anthologies as Editor
- Real Unreal: Best American Fantasy 3, edited by Kevin Brockmeier (Portland, Underland Press, scheduled January 2010, ISBN 978-0-9802260-8-9).
- Featuring stories by: Stephen King, Peter S. Beagle, Laura Kasischke, Jeffrey Ford, Lisa Goldstein, Paul Tremblay, Will Clarke, Thomas Glave, John Kessel, Kellie Wells, Ryan Boudinot, Rebecca Makkai, Martin Cozza, Chris Gavaler, Deborah Scwartzand, Shawn Vestal, and Katie Williams.
Awards and honors
- O. Henry Award (2000 for the short story "These Hands" and 2002 for "The Ceiling")
- Nelson Algren Award
- Italo Calvino Short Fiction Award
- James Michener–Paul Engle Fellowship
- National Endowment for the Arts grant recipient
- "Brockmeier, Kevin". Current Biography Yearbook 2010. Ipswich, MA: H.W. Wilson. 2010. pp. 67–70. ISBN 9780824211134.
- "Granta Best of Young American Novelists 2: Kevin Brockmeier". Granta. Archived from the original on May 9, 2010. Retrieved May 17, 2010.
- Kevin John Brockmeier, Arkansas Online
- Underland Press details for Real Unreal: Best American Fantasy 3.
- "About the Author" in The Brief History of the Dead. New York: Pantheon Books, 2006. ISBN 0-375-42369-9.
- McMyne, Mary. "Turning Inward: A Conversation with Kevin Brockmeier", Del Sol Literary Dialogues, Web del Sol/Algonkian Workshops. (Retrieved October 11, 2006).
- Windling, Terry. "Featured Artist: Kevin Brockmeier and Kelly Link". Interstitial Arts, 2003. (Retrieved October 11, 2006).
- "@illumination_bk". THE ILLUMINATION (Pantheon Books, 2/1/2011) on Twitter.
- "The Brief History of the Dead". Kevin Brockmeier site at Random House.
- "Kevin Brockmeier Interview". EarthGoat. April 3, 2006.
- "Turning Inward: A Conversation with Kevin Brockmeier". by Mary McMyne. Web del Sol/Algonkian Workshops.
- Interview with Kevin Brockmeier on KRUI'sThe Lit Show, 2/1/2011.
- Kevin Brockmeier at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- "Surviving Middle School: A Memoir of Seventh Grade". Interview on Iowa Public Radio: Talk of Iowa, 9/14/15.