Naming the World: And Other Exercises for the Creative Writer has gone into multiple reprints! The response to the book has been wonderful. If you’ve found the book useful, please consider writing an Amazon.com review. Click here for the link. Thank you to everyone who has supported the book!
Bret’s short story “Republican” has won the 2008 Cohen Award from Ploughshares! The Cohen Awards honor the best poem and story published each year in the magazine.
Bret’s short story “Republican” has been selected by ZZ Packer for inclusion in New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best 2008!
Bret’s new anthology, Naming the World: And Other Exercises for the Creative Writer, is now available for preorders. Random House will release the book in January.
The National Book Foundation has named Bret as a winner of a new National Book Award for emerging writers. Adam Haslett, author of You’re Not A Stranger Here, selected Bret for the award.
Pages Magazine has named Bret as one of “The Next Generation of Literary Lions”. Also honored were Zadie Smith, David Mitchell, Jonathan Safran Foer, and Andrew Sean Greer.
Bret has received the 2006 Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers from Washington and Lee University.
Bret has accepted the Briggs-Copeland Professor of Fiction position at Harvard.