David Huddle

Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

David Huddle Profile
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David Huddle holds degrees from the University of Virginia, Hollins College, and Columbia University.  Originally from Ivanhoe, Virginia, he taught for 38 years at the University of Vermont, then served three years as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at Hollins University.  He also held the 2012-2013 Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence in the Creative Arts at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee.  Huddle has continued to teach at the Bread Loaf School of English in Ripton, Vermont, and the Rainier Writing Workshop in Tacoma, Washington.  In 2014 he will join the faculty of the Sewanee School of Letters. Huddle’s work has appeared in The American Scholar, Esquire, Appalachian Heritage, The New Yorker, Harper’s, Shenandoah, Agni, River and Sound Review, The New York Times, Field, Poetry, The Harvard Review, The Kenyon Review, TriQuarterly, and The Georgia Review.  His novel, The Story of a Million Years (Houghton Mifflin, 1999) was named a Distinguished Book of the Year by Esquire and a Best Book of the Year by the Los Angeles Times Book Review.  His novel, Nothing Can Make Me Do This, won the 2012 Library of Virginia Award for Fiction and his collection, Black Snake at the Family Reunion, was a finalist for the 2013 Library of Virginia Award for Poetry and won the 2013 Pen New England Award for Poetry.

Mentor.  Master Classes in Fiction.

Statement:  “Listening has become a philosophy for me as both a teacher and a writer. I’ve become a better writer by way of paying more attention to what my writing is trying to convey to me as I’m working on it.  I’ve become a better teacher by way of giving my students more ‘say’ in the classroom. As a reader, I’m often trying to help other writers discover their work’s ‘truest’ impulses.  And though I’ve been teaching for thirty-two years now, I still get chills when I read a terrific passage in a manuscript or when a member of a workshop speaks with illuminating generosity.  It’s not that I don’t have opinions that I’m eager to share – in recent years, I’ve even found myself pounding the table and surprising myself with the passion of my words, something I was far too cool to do in my first twenty-five years of teaching.”