Doug Rice was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He received his BA in English from Slippery Rock State College and did his MA in creative writing at SUNY-Binghamton, where he studied under John C. Gardner, and his MA in English Literature at Duquesne University. He studied for his PhD in Literature at the University of Pittsburgh. He has taught at La Roche College, Kent State University-Salem and currently teaches creative writing, literary theory and film history and theory at Sacramento State University. His work has appeared in numerous anthologies and literary journals and has been translated into Polish, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and German.
Published works include the novels Blood of Mugwump: A Tiresian Tale of Incest, Dream Memoirs of a Fabulist, A Good Cuntboy is Hard to Find, and Skin Prayer; and a mock encyclopedic work entitled Federman A to X-X-X-X: A Recyclopedic Narrative.