Bradford Morrow worked as a jazz musician, translator, medical assistant, bookseller, and at various other jobs before founding the literary journal Conjunctions in 1981. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Morrow grew up in Colorado, and--after a decade of vagabonding from Honduras to France, Italy to England-- settled in New York City, where he has lived for the past two decades.
The first of his five novels, Come Sunday (1988; recently republished) was followed by the publication of A Bestiary (1991), The Almanac Branch (which was a finalist for the 1992 PEN/ Faulkner Award), Trinity Fields (finalist for the 1995 Los Angeles Times Book Award), Giovanni's Gift, and most recently Ariel's Crossing.
Conjunctions, celebrating over 20 years of existence, has published the work of over 1000 innovative contemporary writers and artists, and was praised by novelist Robert Coover as "without exception, America's leading literary journal, one of the greatest such magazines in the literary history of the country." Morrow has taught at Princeton, Brown, and Columbia Universities, as well as the Naropa Institute, and is now Professor of Literature and Bard Center Fellow at Bard College. Morrow serves on the Board of Trustees of PEN American Center, where he chairs the PEN Forums Committee. He recently received the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Viking has published his novel, Ariel's Crossing, in 2002. It is the second volume of his New Mexico trilogy, the first of which was Trinity Fields, reissued simultaneously in a new paperback edition from Penguin. He is at work on a new novel, The Prague Sonatas, and a collection of short fiction, Amazing Grace, whose title story was shortlisted for this year's O. Henry Prize and won a Pushcart Prize. For selected bibliography, click here.
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