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Nona Caspers's Biography

Member Info

San Francisco
yes I think so
Mar 2008

Nona Caspers's recent book of stories HEAVIER THAN AIR was awarded the Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction and was an Editors' Choice in the New York Times Book Review. "darkly funny, compassionate and unsentimental" said Booklist and "pungent" and "artful" notes San Francisco Chronicle. She lives in San Francisco and her next book, A Little Book of Days, (forthcoming from Spuyten Duyvil Press, NY) tracks her days, dreams and desires in the city. Her work has been honored with a National Endowment for the Arts Grant, an Iowa Fiction Award and a Joseph Henry Jackson Literary Grant and Award, a LAMBDA award nomination among others. She teaches creative writing at San Francisco State University

Influences

The color green
Alice Munro "Progress of Love", Lydia Davis, Lorrie Moore(sp), Christopher Isherwood, every strong piece of writing I've ever read I suppose
My teachers, Michelle Carter, Molly Giles, Susan Harper, etc
My beautiful friends
Death (aren't we all influenced by death?)
Grief (aren't we all influenced by grief?)
and the places they open up that shine slantwise
Growing up in blue-collar dairy cattle land in rural Minnesota where my father was a cow inseminator and my mother answered phones and raised eight children
(sorry this is a list but it felt right)

Upcoming Works

HEAVIER THAN AIR has just been released in paperback (yeah) and A LITTLE BOOK OF DAYS will be coming out in 2008 -- that one a creative-nonfiction story in one-hundred days (and one-hundred pages). Arctic ground squirrels and grief.

Agents

I had one but she left to be a ghost writer!
She's lovely and pale

Recommended Links

Publishers

University of Massachusetts Press
Spuyten Duyvil Press, NY

Interests & Hobbies

I love to stare at flowers--the color really--in Lands End, throw ball for Edgar, tromp around the city with Edgar, water my backyard plants, pretend I'm a rock and roller (Patti Smith) in the living room, sing made-up songs, bake cornbread, talk to people about what they are thinking