Laird Hunt

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Laird Hunt
Laird Hunt
Laird Hunt
Born (1968-04-03) April 3, 1968 (age 50)
NationalityUnited States

Laird Hunt (April 3, 1968) is an American writer, translator and academic.


Hunt grew up in Singapore, San Francisco, The Hague, and London before moving to his grandmother's farm in rural Indiana, where he attended Clinton Central High School.[1] He earned a B.A. from Indiana University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. He also studied French literature at the Sorbonne. Hunt worked in the press office at the United Nations while writing his first novel. He is currently a professor in the Creative Writing program at University of Denver. Hunt lives with his wife, the poet Eleni Sikelianos, in Boulder, Colorado.[2]


Hunt is the author of seven novels and a collection of short work. His works intersect several genres, including experimental literature, exploratory fiction, literary noir, speculative fiction and difficult fiction[3][4] and include elements ranging from the bizarre, the tragic, and the comic. His influences include Georges Perec, W.G. Sebald, Samuel Beckett, Franz Kafka and the French Modernists.[5][6] Hunt has also translated several novels from the French including Oliver Rohe's Vacant Lot (2010), Stuart Merrill's Paul Verlaine (2010). He has contributed to many literary publications, including McSweeney's, Ploughshares, Bomb, Bookforum, The Believer, Fence, and Conjunctions and is currently editor of the Denver Quarterly.

Awards and honors[edit]

Film Adaptations[edit]

In 2014 it was announced that Irish director Lenny Abrahamson would film an adaptation of Hunt's Civil War novel Neverhome.[10]


  • The Paris Stories. Smokeproof Press; Marick Press. 2010 [2000].
  • The Impossibly. Minneapolis: Coffee House Press. 2012 [2001].
  • Indiana, Indiana. Minneapolis: Coffee House Press. 2003.
  • The Exquisite. Minneapolis: Coffee House Press. 2006.
  • Ray of the Star. Minneapolis: Coffee House Press. 2009.
  • Kind One. Minneapolis: Coffee House Press. 2012.
  • Neverhome. New York: Little Brown and Company. 2014.
  • Contributed to The &NOW Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing. &NOW Books, Lake Forest College Press. 2013.[11]
  • The Evening Road. New York: Little Brown and Company. 2017.[12]
  • In the House in the Dark of the Woods, Little, Brown. 2018.


  1. ^ Ruland, Jim (January 2010). "An Interview with Laird Hunt (part 1)". Hobart Another Literary Journal. Retrieved January 21, 2012.
  2. ^ Wilmot, Rosie (October 2009). "Laird Hunt, Beyond The Pen". DU Clarion. University of Denver. Retrieved January 21, 2012.
  3. ^ Kamine, Mark (2005). "In Defense of Difficulty". The Believer. Retrieved January 21, 2012.
  4. ^ Ruland, Jim (February 2010). "An Interview with Laird Hunt (part 2)". Hobart Another Literary Journal. Retrieved January 21, 2012.
  5. ^ Tiffany, Matthew (September 2009). "Ray of The Star by Laird Hunt". The Quarterly Conversation. Retrieved January 21, 2012.
  6. ^ Kamine, Mark (November 2005). "In Defense of Difficulty". The Believer. Retrieved January 21, 2012.
  7. ^ Conners, Joanna (2013-04-24). "Writer Wole Soyinka intends to be in Cleveland for Anisfield-Wolf award later this year". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2013-07-06.
  8. ^ Kellogg, Carolyn (2013-03-06). "2013 PEN/Faulkner Award finalists announced". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-03-06.
  9. ^ Anne-Laure Walter (November 8, 2017). "Laird Hunt, premier lauréat du Grand prix de littérature américaine". Livres Hebdo (in French). Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  10. ^ Niall Murphy (2014-09-24). "Irish Film: Lenny Abrahamson to adapt Laird Hunt's Neverhome". Scannain. Retrieved 2014-09-24.
  11. ^ "The &Now Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing: Davis Schneiderman: 9780982315644: Books". 2013-05-25. Retrieved 2013-12-31.
  12. ^ Burnside, John (5 May 2017). "The Evening Road by Laird Hunt review – the banality of evil". Retrieved 14 May 2017 – via The Guardian.

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