Matthew Klam

2008 - US & Canada Competition
Creative Arts - Fiction


Matthew Klam was named one of the twenty Best Fiction Writers in America Under 40 by The New Yorker.  Mr. Klam is a recipient of a Robert Bingham/PEN Award, a National Endowment of the Arts grant, a Whiting Writer's Award, and an O Henry Award.  His first book, Sam the Cat and Other Stories (Vintage, 2001), a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book of the Year, was selected as a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times, Esquire Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the Kansas City Star, and by Borders for its New Voices series.  Mr. Klam’s work has been featured in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, Allure, USA Weekend, Nerve, the Washington Post Magazine, and the New York Times Magazine, where he is a contributing writer.  He is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and Hollins College, and has taught creative writing at a number of institutions including St. Albans School, American University, the University of Michigan, and Stockholm University in Sweden.  During his Guggenheim Fellowship term, Mr. Klam worked on his forthcoming collection of short stories.

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