Bret is the author of the internationally acclaimed Corpus Christi: Stories and the editor of Naming the World: And Other Exercises for the Creative Writer. Named a Best Book of the Year by The Independent of London and The Irish Times, Corpus Christi: Stories received The Southern Review’s Annual Short Fiction Award, the Texas Institute of Letters’ Debut Fiction Award, the Christopher Isherwood Prize, and the James Michener Fellowship.
His work appears in The Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Glimmer Train Stories, and Tin House, and in anthologies such as The Best American Short Stories, The Puschart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, The Best American Sports Writing, and New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best. He is a graduate of Miami University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and the recipient of the Glasgow Prize for
Emerging Writersand a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship. He has written essays for Slate.com and is a regular contributor to NPR’s All Things Considered. In 2006, the National Book Foundation honored him with a new National Book Award for writers under 35. A skateboarder for almost twenty years, he is currently the Director of Creative Writing at Harvard.