Brad Watson was born in Meridian,
MS, received his BA in English from Mississippi
State University and received his MFA from the University
of Alabama in 1985. He has worked as a journalist, a teacher,
and a writer, and has published short fiction in Story, Black
Warrior Review, Greensboro Review, and Dog Stories.
After several years of working as a reporter
for a string of Gulf Coast newspapers, during which he wrote no
fiction, in 1988 Watson joined the faculty of the English
Department at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where
he taught creative writing, freshman composition, and American literature.
He also resumed writing fiction, turning to several earlier failed
attempts at short stories in which dogs play key roles.
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Watson's first book is a collection of short stories, all of which
concern the relationships between humans and dogs.
realized that dogs often became unwittingly or unwillingly entangled
in our awful human soap opera dramas, and can even become pawns in
Brad Watson on the origin
Last Days of the Dog Men
His first book-length work, Last
Days of the Dog Men, is a collection of short stories about
the relationships between people and dogs, published by W.W.
Norton in 1996. In The Hungry Mind Review, E.J. Levy
comments that Watson captures well the cadence of the rural
south and evokes the fragility of a way of life disappearing under
the pressures of urbanization and shifting social norms... When
these stories work, as many do, it is because the lives of men and
dogs resonate and one is made aware of the inchoate pain and violence
both species endure. The book has won two awards, the Sue
Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts
and Letters, and the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers
Watson and his family left the
University of Alabama to move to Boston, where he taught at Harvard.
His first novel, The Heaven of Mercury, was published in
the 2002. He now lives and teaches in Pensacola, Florida.
- Last Days of the Dog-Men. New York: Norton, 1996.
- The Heaven of Mercury: A Novel. New York: Norton,
- Kindred Spirits. Oxford American. Spring 1996.
- Bill. Story. Winter 1995.
- Seeing Eye. Story. Spring 1995.
- Carl's Outside. The Greensboro Review. Spring
1991. Rpt. in Walking on Water and Other Stories.
- The Way to A Mans Heart. The Black Warrior
Review. Spring 1984.
- Frank's Album. The Black Warrior Review. Fall
- Carl's Outside. In Walking on
Water and Other Stories. Ed. Alan Wier. Tuscaloosa: University
of Alabama Press, 1996.
- The Wake. In Dog Stories. Boulder: University
of Colorado Press, 1993.
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