My short stories have appeared in The Iowa Review, AGNI, Gulf Coast, The Denver Quarterly, Fugue, The Gettysburg Review, and many other journals. I was the winner of the annual Fiction Prize from the journal Fiction for my story “The Bottle.” The Iowa Review nominated my story “SuperAngel” for a Pushcart Prize. I was also a finalist for the Donald Barthelme Prize in Short Prose, and I’m the recipient of an Artist Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.
I’m a native Iowan, but I grew up all over the Midwest: Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Kansas. I’ve lived in New England and New York and the Twin Cities and Chicago, but I’ve since fled to a warmer climate: I now make my home in Naples, Florida.
I am Associate Professor of English at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, where I’ve taught creative writing & literature courses. I’m currently on leave from St. Thomas in order to focus exclusively on writing for a while. I hold a BA in English and Journalism from the University of Iowa and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Before joining the faculty at St. Thomas, I taught writing at Florida Gulf Coast University. Before that, I worked at the Academy of American Poets, editing and designing the website Poets.org. Before that, I worked as a newspaper and magazine journalist.
You can find me on Twitter under the username @nathanreads. Fair warning: I’ve typically used Twitter only to record interesting things I read online. I’m generally better at 1.5 million characters than I am at 140.