Peter Rock (novelist)

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Peter Rock (born 1967) is an American novelist born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is a professor of creative writing at Reed College and lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and daughters.

He attended Deep Springs College and received a BA in English from Yale University. He was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at the Stanford Writing Program from 1995 to 1997. The manuscript for his novel This Is the Place won the Henfield Award in 1996. Before joining Reed in 2001, he taught fiction at the University of Pennsylvania, at San Francisco State University and at Yale. He received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1998.

In 2010, Rock's novel My Abandonment received an Alex Award by the American Library Association.[1] It also won the Utah book award and was made into Debra Granik's film Leave No Trace, starring Ben Foster and Thomasin McKenzie.

His short stories have appeared in Tin House, Zoetrope: All-Story, One Story, and other literary magazines. Many of these stories are compiled in The Unsettling (2006).

Rock’s fiction often focuses on characters on the fringe of society—outsiders, wanderers—and allows his readers to see into the minds of these otherwise invisible characters.

He is a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow.


  • Klikitat—April 2016
  • The Shelter Cycle—April 2013
  • My Abandonment—March 2009
  • The Unsettling—2006
  • The Bewildered—2005
  • The Ambidextrist—2004
  • Carnival Wolves—1998
  • This is the Place—1997


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-05-31. Retrieved 2010-09-21. 

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