Mitch Wieland is the author of the books Willy Slater’s Lane and God’s Dogs. Willy Slater’s Lane received starred reviews in Publisher’s Weekly and Booklist, and was optioned for a film. The New York Times Book Review described the novel as “immensely moving.” God’s Dogs was named the Idaho Book of the Year in 2009, and was featured in the annual Best of the West prize anthology. The book was a finalist for the John Gardner Fiction Award, cited as a Book of the Year by New West, and was nominated for a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award.
Wieland’s short stories have appeared in The Southern Review, The Kenyon Review, The Yale Review, TriQuarterly, The Sewanee Review, The Best of the West, Shenandoah, StoryQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, and numerous other publications.
Wieland is the recipient of a 2012 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Christopher Isherwood Fellowship, a Boise State University Arts and Humanities Fellowship, and two Literature Fellowships from the Idaho Commission on the Arts.
Wieland directs the MFA Program at Boise State University, where he has taught for eighteen years. He founded the award-winning Idaho Review in 1998, and continues to serve as its editor. Wieland also teaches in the low-residency program at Southern New Hampshire University. He holds an MFA from The University of Alabama, and served as fiction editor of Black Warrior Review.
A recipient of many awards and fellowships, Brady Udall received his MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His widely anthologized stories and non-fiction have been published in journals and magazines such as Story, Esquire, GQ and The Paris Review. He is the author of a short story collection, Letting Loose the Hounds, and a novel, The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint, which was an international bestseller and translated into more than twenty languages.
His most recent book, The Lonely Polygamist, made The New York Times extended bestsellers list and was named one of the ten best fiction books of 2010 by Publishers Weekly. It was listed as the #1 Novel of the Year by Entertainment Weekly. The novel was also named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, Kirkus Reviews, the Kansas City Star, and Amazon.com.
Udall is the current Idaho writer-in-residence, an honor awarded every three years by the Idaho Commission on the Arts.