Peter Ho Davies

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Peter Ho Davies (born 30 August 1966) is a contemporary British writer of Welsh and Chinese descent.


Born and raised in Coventry, Davies studied physics at Manchester University and then English at Cambridge University.[1]

In 1992 he moved to the United States to study in the graduate creative writing program at Boston University. He has taught at the University of Oregon and at Emory University and is currently a professor in the Helen Zell MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.[2]

Awards and honors[edit]


Short story collections[edit]

  • The Ugliest House in the World (1997)
  • Equal Love (2000)


  • The Welsh Girl (2007)
  • The Fortunes (2016)

Literary significance[edit]

Davies is a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation,[7] the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

His short fiction has appeared in The Atlantic, Harper's and The Paris Review and been widely anthologized, appearing in Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards 1998, and Best American Short Stories 1995, 1996, and 2001.

The Ugliest House in the World won the John Llewellyn Rhys and PEN/Macmillan Prizes in the UK, as well as the 1998 H.L. Davis Award for Short Fiction.

Equal Love was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize.

In 2003, he was named by Granta magazine as one of twenty 'Best of Young British Novelists'.

The Welsh Girl was longlisted for the 2007 Man Booker Prize[8] and was listed as one of the best fiction books of 2007 by The Boston Globe.[9]

The Fortunes was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Award and Chautauqua Prize in 2017.

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ Hoggard, Liz (13 May 2007). "Article on his life and The Welsh Girl, from The Guardian". London. Retrieved 4 February 2008.
  2. ^ "Helen Zell Writers' Program". Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Fiction - Literary Arts". Literary Arts. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Past Award Winners | PEN / Faulkner". Retrieved 12 May 2018.
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  6. ^ "Peter Ho Davies' The Fortunes wins 2017 Chautauqua Prize". Chautauqua Institution News & Announcements. 23 May 2017. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Peter Ho Davies". John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
  8. ^ "Prize Archive: 2007". The Man Booker Prize. Archived from the original on 26 October 2007. Retrieved 18 January 2008.
  9. ^ "Best Fiction and Nonfiction Books of 2007". The Boston Globe. 28 November 2007. Retrieved 18 January 2008.

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