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David Carkeet is the author of six novels, Double Negative, The Greatest Slump of All Time, I Been There Before, The Full Catastrophe, The Error of Our Ways, and From Away. He has written two novels for young adults (ages 12 and up), The Silent Treatment and Quiver River. His comic memoir, Campus Sexpot, won the Creative Nonfiction Award given by the Association of Writers and Writing Programs. His essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian, The Village Voice, Salon, Poets and Writers, and The Oxford American. He has recently taken to writing plays and film scripts.
David was born and raised in Sonora, California. He attended college at U.C. Berkeley and U.C. Davis, followed by graduate school at the University of Wisconsin and Indiana University. For 30 years he taught linguistics and writing at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He also directed the MFA program there and edited its literary journal, Natural Bridge. Since 2003, he and his wife, Barbara, have lived in Vermont. They have three grown daughters, Anne, Laurie, and Molly.