About the author

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Liam Callanan is the author of The Cloud Atlas (Delacorte, 2004; Dial, 2005),  All Saints (Delacorte, 2007; Dial, 2008), Listen (Four Way, 2015), and Paris by the Book (Dutton, 2018); his work has been translated into Chinese, German, Italian, and Japanese. Liam was the winner of the 2019 Edna Ferber Novel Prize, the 2017 George W. Hunt, SJ Prize in Arts, Letters & Journalism and was longlisted for the 2019 Simpson Literary Prize. He’s also been an Edgar Award finalist.

He serves in the English department of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and was previously its chair, as well as coordinator of its Ph.D. program in creative writing. He’s also served on the faculty at the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

Liam has regularly contributed to local and national public radio, and is possibly the only person now living (but consult your own Venn diagram) who has written for all of the following: the Wall Street Journal (on zeppelins, jetpacks, and touring Paris and Greece with children's books), The Awl, Commonweal,  Esquire.com (on swimming and flying)Slatethe New York Times Book Review, the Times op-ed page, the Washington Post Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, Forbes FYI, Good Housekeeping, Parents, Milwaukee Magazine, Brain,Child and elsewhere. 

His short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in a variety of literary journals, including Gulf Coast, the New Haven ReviewTinge (where his story was named one of the Millions Writers Award Notable Stories of 2011 by storySouth), the Writers Chronicle, Blackbird, Crab Orchard Review, Southern Indiana  Review, Caketrainfailbetter and Phoebe. Liam is also the creator and co-executive producer of the Poetry Everywhere animated film series.

Visit Liam’s Twitter feed (@liamcallanan).