Fellow: Awarded 2007
Field of Study: Fiction
Competition: US & Canada
Steve Erickson was born in Santa Monica in 1950. Except for the mid-Seventies and early Eighties, when he sometimes lived in Europe and the New York City area, he's spent most of his life in Los Angeles. He's the author of eight novels: Days Between Stations (1985), Rubicon Beach (1986), Tours of the Black Clock (1989), Arc d'X (1993), Amnesiascope (1996), The Sea Came at Midnight (1999), Our Ecstatic Days (2005), and Zeroville (2007). He has also written two books about American politics and popular culture: Leap Year (1989) and American Nomad (1997). Numerous editions have been published in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Greek, Russian, and Japanese. Over the years he has written for Esquire, Rolling Stone, Spin, Details, Elle, San Francisco, Bookforum, Frieze, Conjunctions, Tin House, Salon, L.A. Weekly, Los Angeles Reader, Los Angeles Times Magazine, New York Times Magazine, and other publications and journals, and his work has been widely anthologized.
Currently, he's the film critic for Los Angeles and editor of the literary journal Black Clock, which is published by CalArts, where he teaches in the M.F.A. Writing Program. In addition to his Guggenheim Fellowship, he has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
He lives with his wife, artist and director Lori Precious, and their son.