Robert Boswell reading "Smoke" from "The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards" at the Arizona State University "Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference."

Robert Boswell’s collection of stories The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards was published by Graywolf in May of 2009. He is the author of six novels (including Century’s Son, Mystery Ride, and Crooked Hearts), three story collections, a play, a cyberpunk novel, and two nonfiction books (one about writing craft, The Half-Known World, and one about a treasure hunt, What Men Call Treasure). He has received National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Iowa School of Letters Award for Fiction, the PEN West Award for Fiction, the John Gassner Prize for Playwriting, and the Evil Companions Award. His stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Stories, Pushcart Prize Stories, Esquire, Colorado Review, and many other magazines. He is married to the writer, Antonya Nelson, and they have two children, Jade and Noah. Boswell teaches creative writing at the University of Houston and in the Warren Wilson MFA Program. He and his family live in Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado.

The Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference brings writers of all levels together for four exhilarating days in sunny Arizona. Participants get the chance to hone their craft in the classroom with distinguished writers, sharing dialogue during classes, readings, and other events. By keeping the number of participants small, we are able to offer an experience that is both intimate and affordable, all while maintaining our commitment to be the premier writers conference in the West.

2012 Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference
Feb. 23-26 • ASU Tempe campus

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