Ron Carlson

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Ron Carlson
Born1947 (age 75–76)
Logan, Utah, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Utah

Ron Carlson (born 1947) is an American novelist, short story writer and professor.

Life and career[edit]

Carlson was born in Logan, Utah, and grew up in Salt Lake City. He received a master's degree in English from the University of Utah. He then taught at The Hotchkiss School in Connecticut, where he began his first novel. He became a professor of English at Arizona State University in 1985, teaching creative writing to undergraduates and graduates, and ultimately becoming director of its Creative Writing program. Carlson then moved to the University of California, Irvine.[1] Carlson was the director of UCI's Creative Writing program until his resignation in 2018.[2][3]

His short stories originally appeared in The New Yorker,[4] Harper's Magazine,[5] Esquire,[6] and GQ. In addition to his fiction, Carlson has also written for The New York Times Book Review and the Los Angeles Times Book Review.

He wrote of his first "good" story: "I did not understand my story; many times you don’t. It’s not your job to understand or evaluate or edit your work when you first emerge from it. Your duty is to be in love with it, and that defies explanation." (Ron Carlson Writes A Story) [7]

The short story "Keith", from The Hotel Eden, was adapted into a film by Todd Kessler (2008). The independent film starred Jesse McCartney and Elisabeth Harnois.

In August 2018, Carlson was named as one of a number of former teachers at the Hotchkiss School against whom credible evidence of having committed sexual misconduct with a minor student was found. The report to the board of Hotchkiss was prepared by the respected law firm of Locke Lord who conducted a wide-ranging investigation.[2][3]


He has received a number of honors and awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, a National Society of Arts and Letters Award, and the 1993 Ploughshares Cohen Prize.



  • Room Service. Red Hen Press. 2012. ISBN 978-1-59709-233-3.


YA Novel[edit]

Short stories[edit]


  • Ron Carlson Writes a Story (2007), subtitled: "From the first glimmer of an idea to the final sentence."



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  2. ^ a b "Preventing and Responding to Sexual Misconduct - The Hotchkiss School".
  3. ^ a b Pearce, Matt (August 28, 2018). "UC Irvine professor resigns after allegation of sexual misconduct with underage boarding-school student in the 1970s". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  4. ^ "On the U. S. S. Fortitude". The New Yorker. 2 July 1990.
  5. ^ "Search Harper's Magazine". Archived from the original on 2011-06-09. Retrieved 2010-01-14.
  6. ^ "Search". Esquire.
  7. ^ "Graywolf Press". Archived from the original on 2012-02-26. Retrieved 2010-01-14.

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