Kirk Nesset is author of Mr. Agreeable and Paradise Road (fiction), as well as Saint X, a book of poems, and The Stories of Raymond Carver, a nonfiction study. He also authored and edited two books of translations, Alphabet of the World: Selected Works by Eugenio Montejo, and Disappearances: Stories by Edmundo Paz Soldan (forthcoming, Calypso Editions). He was awarded the Drue Heinz literature prize in 2007 and has received a Pushcart Prize, the Perry Poetry Prize (2013) and grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. His stories, poems, translations and essays have appeared in hundreds of journals, including The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, American Poetry Review, Gettysburg Review, Iowa Review, New England Review, Ploughshares, Agni, Witness, Crazyhorse, The Sun and Prairie Schooner, among others. His short short fictions have been widely anthologized, appearing in W. W. Norton’s Flash Fiction Forward, New Sudden Fiction, Sudden Fiction Latino, and elsewhere.
He grew up in northern California, west of Santa Rosa, studied at University of California Santa Cruz (BA), University of California Santa Barbara (MA, PhD), and studied abroad. He has worked as a dishwasher, a tree planter, a telemarketer, a car parker, a caterer, a writing consultant and a salesman selling wood stoves. Currently a Professor of English and Creative Writing, he has taught at Whittier College, Allegheny College, and University of California Santa Barbara; he has served many summers as faculty at Black Forest Writing Seminars (Freiburg, Germany) and as writer in residence at the Chautauqua Literary Center (Chautauqua, NY). He reads, lectures and leads workshops internationally, promoting his books, speaking on numerous topics: contemporary literature, American Indian fiction, the short story, flash and micro fiction, prose poetry, Raymond Carver, Latin American poetry, microrelatos and literary translation. His translations of works by Eugenio Montejo and Luisa Valenzuela have drawn much acclaim; his forthcoming book is a selection of micro tales in translation gathered from the work of Edmundo Paz Soldan, a well-known Bolivian writer. Nesset is also an accomplished musician, having worked in various longstanding bands, including Unkle John’s Band, Human Voices, Twisted Roots and Dirty Old Men. When not writing, reading, rehearsing or teaching, he mountain bikes, swims and rollerblades, dividing his time between Arizona and California, with Ryan, the much-celebrated mini-Pomeranian dog.