Charles D'Ambrosio grew up in Seattle, Washington, and now lives in Portland, Oregon. He attended Oberlin College and graduated from the Iowa Writers Workshop, where he has been a visiting faculty member. D'Ambrosio is also an instructor at the Tin House Summer Writers Workshop and the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. He has published two collections of short stories, The Point (1995) and The Dead Fish Museum (2006). He has also published a collection of essays Orphans (2005). His writings have appeared in The New Yorker, The Stranger, The Paris Review, Zoetrope All-Story, and A Public Space. The Point was a finalist for the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Six of the eight stories in The Dead Fish Museum were originally published in The New Yorker. The book was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and was awarded the 2007 Washington State Book Award for Fiction. In October 2006, D'Ambrosio was awarded the prestigious Whiting Writers' Award. Among other honors, he has received an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Lannan Foundation Fellowship, and a Rasmuson Fellowship from United States Artists, a relatively new organization that supports and promotes the work of American artists in a variety of disciplines.
Click here to read a recent interview with Charles D'Ambrosio in The Quarterly Conversation
Click here to read a feature article on Charles D'Ambrosio in the Willamette Week Online
Click here to read The New York Times review of The Dead Fish Museum