- George Mason University, Bachelor of Arts
University of Iowa, Master of Fine Arts
An acknowledged Master of the short story form, Richard Bausch's work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Harper's, The New Yorker, Narrative, Gentleman's Quarterly. Playboy, The Southern Review, New Stories From the South, The Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Stories and The Pushcart Prize Stories; and they have been widely anthologized, including The Granta Book of the American Short Story, and The Vintage Book of the Contemporary American Short Story.
The Modern Library published The Selected Stories of Richard Bausch in March, 1996. He has won two National Magazine Awards, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Lila-Wallace Reader's Digest Fund Writer's Award, the Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and The 2004 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story. In 1995 he was elected to the Fellowship of Southern Writers. In 1999 he signed on as co-editor, with RV Cassill, of The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. Since Cassill's passing, in 2002, he is the sole editor of that prestigious anthology.
In addition to these numerous honors, Bausch has been awarded the prestigious Rea Award for the Short Story. The Rea Award recognizes a living American or Canadian writer whose published work has made a “significant contribution in the discipline of the short story as an art form.” The award is unique in that it is not given for a collection of stories or for a body of work, but rather for originality and influence on the genre.
Recently, Bausch's work, Valor was featured on NPR's Selected Shorts, in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings as a way to use "good fiction to make sense of the senseless."
- Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
NPR'S program SYMPHONY SPACE: SELECTED SHORTS, reprized William Hurt reading my short story "Valor" in honor of the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing.
"We Belong Together" (Short fiction) Fall 2012, Ploughshares Magazine, Guest edited by Elizabeth Strout