David  Vann

David Vann

Associate Professor (on leave for academic year 2011-2012)

Author of Legend of a Suicide, which has won 10 prizes, including the Prix Medicis in France and Premi Llibreter in Spain, been on 42 "Best Books of the Year" lists worldwide, translated into 16 languages, selected by The New Yorker Book Club and The Times Book Club, read in full on North German radio, been a national bestseller in France, and will be made into a film. His novel Caribou Island was a national bestseller and read on the BBC and selected by the Danish book club. Last Day On Earth: A Portrait of the NIU School Shooter, winner of the AWP Nonfiction Prize, will be published in October 2011, and his new novel, Dirt, will be published in 2012. He's the author, also, of the bestselling memoir A Mile Down: The True Story of a Disastrous Career at Sea. A current Guggenheim Fellow and former Wallace Stegner Fellow and NEA Fellow, he has written for the Sunday Times, the Observer, the Guardian (UK), the Sunday Telegraph, Esquire, the Atlantic Monthly, Outside, Men's Health, Men's Journal, Elle UK, Esquire UK, National Geographic Adventure, Writer's Digest, and other magazines.

Click here to read the first chapter of David Vann's Legend of a Suicide in the New York Times.
Click here to read David Vann's "Portrait of the School Shooter as a Young Man" in Esquire.
Click here to read David Vann's "Last Voyage of the Culin" in Outside.

Click here to read Lorrie Moore's review of Legend of a Suicide for The New Yorker Book Club.


Click here to read interviews at LeMonde (France), The Anchorage Daily News, The Listener (New Zealand), and The Sunday Times (UK).

Click here to watch the NOVA special on PBS with David Vann.


M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Cornell University.