About Robert Coover

Robert Coover's first novel, The Origin of the Brunists, won the 1966 William Faulkner Award. His other works include the collection of short fiction, Pricksongs and Descants, a collection of plays, A Theological Position, such novels as The Public Burning, Spanking the Maid, Gerald's Party, Pinocchio in Venice, John's Wife, Ghost Town and Briar Rose. His latest honor is the Dugannon Foundation's REA award for his lifetime contribution to the short story. As a Professor at Brown University, Coover teaches courses in electronic writing and mixed media as well as standard workshops.

Abbreviated Curriculum Vitae



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Poems, translations, and short fiction published in: American Review, Fiddlehead, Noble Savage, Euergreen Review, Olympia, Esquire, Playboy, Penthouse, Entropia, Iowa Review, TriQuarterly, Conjunctions, Schreibheft, World Literature (Beijing), Cultura, Witness, Delta, Oink!, Bas de Casse, Granta, Anthropomorphosis, Balcones, A Hard Day's Night, Coe Review, Accessories, La Nouvelle Revue Francaise, Literatura na Swiecie, Delta, Caualier, Plexus, Harpers, The Little Magazine, Nagyvilg, South East Arts Review, The New Review, WHR, Europe, Massachusetts Review, Panache, Antioch Review, Le Promeneur, Antaeus, Quarterly Review of Literature, Sprache im Technischen Zeitalter, Literary Outtakes, Revue Francaise d'Etudes Americaines, Fabula, Cinema & Cinema, Siman Krita, Fiction International, Frank, Cahiers Renaud Barrault, Bennington Review, Northeast Review, Spectrum Three, Traduire, Straight Lines, Seattle Review, Secolul, Gendaishi-Techo, Rowohlt LiteraturMagazin, Alfabeta, Jungle, etc. Fiction and plays anthologized in: Best American Short Stories of 1970, Stories from the Sixties, Best Science Fiction: 1970, Big City Stories, The Great American Life Show, Masks (Playboy anthology), Statements 2, Gabinet Luster, Wonders (Rolling Stone anthology), Best American Short Stories 1981, Narrativa Postmoderna in America, Moderne Amerikaanse verhalen, Illinois Prose Writers, Romania & America: Cross-Cultural Perspectives, In Praise of What Persists, Innovatiue Fiction, Spectrum Three: Experimental Short Stories, Last Night's Stranger, Television on Trial, Shoes & Shit, Spirit of Sport, The Art of the Tale, Elements of Literature, Classic Short Fiction, Sudden Fiction, The Rosenbergs: Collected Visions..., Norton Anthology, Facing Texts, New American Short Stories 2, Narratoi di poche parole, Fiction of the Eighties, Best American Short Stories of 1989, The Story & Its Writer, The New Gothic, Baseball & the Game of Life, and others.

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Essays and criticism published in American Review, New York Times Book Review, Statements, New Review, Evergreen Review, Saturday Review, Esquire, Liberacion, Boston Observor, Vanguardia, La Quinzaine litteraire, Review of Contemporary Fiction, Close-up, Chelsea Hotel, Frankfurter Rundschau, Critique, Chelsea Hotel, and many others.



Readings & lectures: About 8 to 10 a year, most recently at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum, Venice; the University of Bologna, Italy; Brooklyn College; UCLA; International Fiction Conference, Graz, Austria; Gramsci Institute, Trento, Italy; Temple University; Williams College, Writers Institute, Albany, NY; Cornell University; Cooper Union; Cali Arts Festival, Colombia; University of Houston; University of Utah; the University of Macerata, Italy; the University of Uppsala, Sweden; Stockholm University; Institute of North American Studies, Barcelona; University of Barcelona; Amerikahaus, Cologne; Universities of Poznan, Warsaw, and Cracow, Poland; Universities of Olomouc and Brno, Czechoslovakia; Literaturhaus, Hamburg; Amerikahaus, Hannover; Free University, Berlin; DAAD (Einstein Cafe), Berlin; Duke University; North Country Chamber Players, Summer Festival, Loon Mt., NH; KRTU Vanguard Writing Conference, Reus, Spain; University of Girona, Spain; the International Writers Center, Washington University, St.Louis; University of Southern California, L.A.; University of Nevada, Las Vegas; La Novela Pintada, Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno, Gran Canaria; Goethehaus, New York City; Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA; Conjunctions, Hirschl & Adler Gallery, New York City; The Sorbonne, Paris; Second International Conference of the Short Story in English, University of Northern Iowa and University of Iowa; University of Colorado, Boulder; University of Northern Colorado, Greeley; ECHT International Conference on Hypertext, Milan, Italy; University of York, England; plus occasional readings at Brown University.

Nonteaching activities have included the creation and coordination of Brown University's "Freedom to Write" program, and the organization of several literary festivals and conferences, most recently "Unspeakable Practices" (gathering of the postmodernists), the 1991 "Festival of African Writing," and the 1993 "Unspeakable Practices II" (gathering of post-postmodernists, cyberpunk authors, hypertext writers, etc.). Next: PONG 1996 and Freedom to Write Week, 19-21 March 1996. Member, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, PEN International, and various human rights organizations. On the board of the International Writers Center of Washington University, St.Louis, and of several literary publications.