Brad Watson was born in Meridian, Mississippi. He was educated in the Meridian Public Schools and at Meridian Community College, received a B.A. in English from Mississippi State University and an MFA in creative writing and American literature from the University of Alabama. After graduate school, he worked as a newspaper reporter and editor on the Alabama Gulf Coast and in Montgomery, Alabama, where he was State Editor for The Montgomery Advertiser. He returned to UA to teach in 1988, where for a while he also worked for UA University Relations before taking a position as Lecturer in the Department of English. In 1997, he received a five-year appointment to teach fiction writing at Harvard University, and served as Director of Creative Writing in the Department of English and American Literature and Language from 1999-2002. Since then he has been visiting writer-in-residence at The University of West Florida and The University of Alabama at Birmingham, The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss), where he was the 2004-05 John and Renee Grisham Writer-in-Residence, and The University of California - Irvine. In 2004 he received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and in 2006 he received a Lannon Foundation Residency. In the fall 2005 he joined the MFA faculty at The University of Wyoming, where he is associate professor and teaches fiction writing and literature.
Watson has published short stories and non-fiction in magazines including The Black Warrior Review, Greensboro Review, Intro, The Oxford American, The Alabama Literary Review, The Yalobusha Review, Ecotone, Story, The Idaho Review, Narrative, Granta, The New Yorker, and others. His work has been anthologized in Best American Mystery Stories, Walking on Water, Stories from the Blue Moon Café, The Norton Anthology of Literature, The Pen/O.Henry Prize Stories, The Story and Its Writer, and other anthologies. His books are Last Days of the Dog-Men (Norton, 1996), which received the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Great Lakes Colleges New Writers Award in 1997; The Heaven of Mercury (Norton, 2002), which received the Southern Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction, the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award in Fiction, and was a finalist for the 2002 National Book Award in Fiction; and Aliens in The Prime of Their Lives (Norton, 2010). His books have been published in The UK, Germany, France, Poland, and China.
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Click here to read Brad's short story "Visitation" that was published in The New Yorker