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Brian Evenson


Interview with Brian Evenson

The Wavering Knife

Brian Evenson is the author of six books of fiction:  Altmann’s Tongue (Knopf 1994, reprinted by Bison Books 2002), The Din of Celestial Birds (Wordcraft 1997), Prophets and Brothers (Rodent 1997), Father of Lies (Four Walls Eight Windows 1998), Contagion (Wordcraft 2000), and Dark Property (Black Square/Hammer Books/Four Walls Eight Windows 2002).  He received an O. Henry Award for his story “Two Brothers” and has twice received O. Henry honorable mentions. 

In 1995 he received an NEA Fellowship; that same year he was told by Brigham Young University that if he continued to continue to write fiction in the same vein as his first book, he would be fired (discussed in the afterword to the reissued version of Altmann’s Tongue).  Instead, Evenson chose to leave of his own free will to teach at Oklahoma State University where he taught for four years.  In 1999 he moved to University of Denver, where he was the Director of Creative Writing. 

He now teaches in the creative writing program at Brown University.

"Brian Evenson, one of America's darkest and most pungent comic writers, prods with the tip of his verbal knife at all our assumptions regarding power, perversion and redemption." —Mary Caponegro

"There is not a more intense, prolific, or apocalyptic writer of fiction in America than Brian Evenson." —George Saunders