First Draft http://aspenpublicradio.org en First Draft - Rick Bass http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/first-draft-rick-bass <div class="listenDetails__description"><div><p>Rick Bass was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1958. His father was a geologist who passed on his passion to his son. Bass received a B.S. in petroleum geology at Utah State University in 1979, and then worked as a gas and oil geologist in Jackson, Mississippi. He started writing short stories during his lunch breaks.</p><p>He is the author of over twenty books. His first short story collection, The Watch, set in Texas, won the PEN/Nelson Algren Award, and his 2002 collection, The Hermit’s Story, was a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. Bass’s stories have also been awarded the Pushcart Prize and the O. Henry Award and have been collected in The Best American Short Stories. His newest novel is called All The Land To Hold Us.</p><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:28:00 +0000 Mitzi Rapkin 12001 at http://aspenpublicradio.org First Draft - Rick Bass First Draft - Bret Anthony Johnston http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/first-draft-bret-anthony-johnston <p>Bret Anthony Johnston is the author of the novel <em>Remember Me Like This</em>, which is a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection,&nbsp;and the award-winning <em>Corpus Christi: Stories</em>, which was named a Best Book of the Year by The Independent (London) and The Irish Times. He is also the editor of <em>Naming the World and Other Exercises for the Creative Writer</em>. His work appears in <em>The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, The Paris Review, Glimmer Train Stories, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Best American Short Stories</em>, and elsewhere.</p><p>His awards include the Pushcart Prize, the Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers, the Stephen Turner Award, the Cohen Prize, a James Michener Fellowship, and the Kay Cattarulla Prize for short fiction. His nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Tin House, The Best American Sports Writing, and on NPR’s All Things Considered.</p><p>A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he’s the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship and a 5 Under 35 honor from the National Book Foundation. He wrote the documentary film Waiting for Lightning, which was released in theaters around the world by Samuel Goldwyn Films. He teaches in the Bennington Writing Seminars and at Harvard University, where he is the Director of Creative Writing. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:27:00 +0000 Mitzi Rapkin 21862 at http://aspenpublicradio.org First Draft - Bret Anthony Johnston First Draft - Edan Lepucki http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/first-draft-edan-lepucki <p>Edan Lepucki is a graduate of Oberlin College and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and her short fiction has been published in Narrative Magazine, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Meridian,&nbsp; FiveChapters, and McSweeney’s, among others. She is a staff writer for The Millions, and teaches creative writing at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program and for Writing Workshops Los Angeles, which she founded.&nbsp;&nbsp; Her novel is called California.&nbsp; www.edanlepucki.com.<br /><br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:27:00 +0000 Mitzi Rapkin 21526 at http://aspenpublicradio.org First Draft - Edan Lepucki First Draft - Anthony Doerr http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/first-draft-anthony-doerr <p>Anthony Doerr is the author of <em>The Shell Collector</em>, <em>About Grace</em>, <em>Four Seasons in Rome</em>, <em>Memory Wall</em>, and the new novel <em>All the Light We Cannot</em> See. Doerr’s fiction has won four O. Henry Prizes and has been anthologized in <em>The Best American Short Stories</em>, <em>The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories</em>, and <em>The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Fiction</em>. He has won the Barnes &amp; Noble Discover Prize, the Rome Prize, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, the National Magazine Award for Fiction, three Pushcart Prizes, the Pacific Northwest Book Award, three Ohioana Book Awards, the 2010 Story Prize, which is considered the most prestigious prize in the U.S. for a collection of short stories, and the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, which is the largest prize in the world for a single short story.&nbsp; His books have twice been a New York Times Notable Book, an American Library Association Book of the Year, and made lots of other year end “Best Of” lists. In 2007, the British literary magazine Granta placed Doerr on its list of 21 Best Young American novelists.</p><p>Doerr lives in Boise, Idaho with his wife and two sons. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 21:27:00 +0000 Mitzi Rapkin 21160 at http://aspenpublicradio.org First Draft - Anthony Doerr First Draft - Elizabeth Gilbert http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/first-draft-elizabeth-gilbert <p>Elizabeth Gilbert was born in Waterbury, Connecticut in 1969, and grew up on a small family Christmas tree farm. She attended New York University, where she studied political science by day and worked on her short stories by night. After college, she spent several years traveling around the country, working in bars, diners and ranches, collecting experiences to transform into fiction. Her books include Eat, Pray, Love, Pilgrims, Committed, The Last American Man and most recently The Signature of All Things. Elizabeth Gilbert lives in the small river town of Frenchtown, New Jersey, where she and her husband run a large and delightful imports store called Two Buttons. More at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.elizabethgilbert.com/" target="_blank">www.elizabethgilbert.com</a>.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:28:00 +0000 Mitzi Rapkin 14096 at http://aspenpublicradio.org First Draft - Elizabeth Gilbert