Pen Name: None
Born: 1951 in Brooklyn, New York
Graham resides in Urbana, Illinois.
Biographical and Professional Information
Philip Graham teaches at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he is a co-founder and the current fiction editor of the literary/arts journal Ninth Letter, and is the recipient of three campus teaching awards. He also teaches in the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in Writing.
Three of his books are available in ebook format The Art of the Knock, How to Read an Unwritten Language and Interior Design.
- The Art of the Knock, Stories, William Morrow & Company, 1985
- Parallel Worlds, An Anthropoligist & A Writer Encounter Africa, Scribner, 1993 - written with Alma Gottlieb
- How to Read an Unwritten Language, Scribner, 1995
- Interior Design Stories, Scribner, 1996
- The Moon, Come to Earth: Dispatches from Lisbon, University of Chicago Press, 2009
- Braided Worlds, University of Chicago Press, 2012 - written with Alma Gottlieb
Titles for Purchase and at Your Library
The Art of the Knock
Release Date: 1984-12
Parallel Worlds: An Anthropologist and a Writer Encounter Africa
Release Date: 1994-11-01
Interior Design: Stories
Release Date: 1996-12-03
The Moon, Come to Earth: Dispatches from Lisbon
Release Date: 2009-11-15
Release Date: 2012-09-05
- 1991 - Special Mention citation for the short story, "The Reverse," in The Pushcart Prize XVI.
- 1992 - Creative Writing Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts.
- 1992 - "Light Bulbs," short story, performed by actress Mary Ann Thebus (directed by Steve Scott) for Stories on Stage, Organic Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, December 14, 1992.
- 1992 - The William Peden Prize in Fiction, awarded by The Missouri Review for the short story, "Angel."
- 1993 - Special Mention citation for the short story, "Angel," in The Pushcart Prize XVIII.
- 1993 - Victor Turner Prize, awarded to Parallel Worlds: An Anthropologist and a Writer Encounter Africa (co-authored with Alma Gottlieb) by the Society for Humanistic Anthropology/American Anthropological Association.
- 1996 - How to Read an Unwritten Language included in Magill's Literary Annual1996, which features "essay-reviews of 200 outstanding books published in the United States during 1995."
- 1997 - How to Read an Unwritten Language paperback edition (Warner Books) featured in "New & Noteworthy Paperbacks," The New York Times Book Review. January 12, 1997.
- 1997 - How to Read an Unwritten Language paperback edition--one of three featured recommendations for January 1997 by the Association of American Publishers/ National Association of College Bookstores.
- 1997 - How to Read an Unwritten Language nominated for the 1997 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (nominations submitted from 105 libraries in 50 countries).
- 2004 - In the Middle of the Middle West: Literary Non-Fiction from the Heartland, Becky Bradway, ed. (in which his essay, “The Baby Shower” appears), one of five finalists for the Great Lakes Book Award (General Book category).
- 2011 - Finalist for the 2012 3QuarksDaily Art and Literature Prize, for blog post on the craft of writing, “What Casablanca Can Teach a Writer,” http://www.philipgraham.net/2011/07/what-casablanca-can-teach-a-writer/
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