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Brad Watson

Brad Watson

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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Last Days of the Dog-Men
Watson's first book is a collection of short stories, all of which concern the relationships between humans and dogs.

“...I realized that dogs often became unwittingly or unwillingly entangled in our awful human soap opera dramas, and can even become pawns in them.”
—Brad Watson on the origin of
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 Award.

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.

Jennie Lee

(Article updated February 2003)



  • Last Days of the Dog-Men. New York: Norton, 1996. Read excerpt from washingtonpost.com.
  • The Heaven of Mercury: A Novel. New York: Norton, 2002.

Periodical Publications:

  • “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 Man’s Heart.” The Black Warrior Review. Spring 1984.
  • “Frank's Album.” The Black Warrior Review. Fall 1981.


  • 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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