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Cai Emmons's Biography

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Eugene, Oregon
May 2010


CAI EMMONS is the author of the novels His Mother's Son (Harcourt 2003, paperback 2004), and The Stylist (HarperCollins, October 2007).  His Mother's Son was translated into French and German, was a Booksense and Literary Guild selection, and it won the Ken Kesey Award for the Novel in 2003.  Of The Stylist Booklist said:  "With family relations as twisted as a French braid and language as vivid as a platinum dye job, Emmons' potent novel features magnetic characters and complex and compelling secrets."


Emmons' short work has appeared in Arts and Letters, Narrative Magazine, The New York Post, and Portland Monthly, among others, and she has a selection in Now Write:  Writing Exercises from Today's Best Writers and Teachers (Tarcher Publications, 2006).


Before turning to fiction Emmons wrote for theater, film, and television. Two of her plays-Mergatroid and When Petulia Comes-were produced in New York theaters. She wrote for the TV show The Trials of Rosie O'Neill, and she has optioned numerous feature-length screenplays. She received her B.A. from Yale University, an M.F.A in Film from New York University (her thesis film won a Student Academy Award), and an M.F.A. in Fiction from the University of Oregon.  Since 2002 she has been teaching in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Oregon.


the plays of Pirandello, Brecht, Beckett; Virginia Woolf; all the books that I read as a child and those that were read to me (SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS, THE SECRET GARDEN, Rumer Godden's THE RIVER among them), James Salter

Upcoming Works

2 completed novels with my agent:


Deborah Schneider at Gelfman Schneider

Recommended Links


HarperCollins (THE STYLIST)

Interests & Hobbies

writing, reading, traveling, spending time in the wilderness