David Bradley

Fiction Writer, Creative Nonfiction Writer

P. O. Box 12681
La Jolla, CA 92039

Author's Bio

David Bradley is the author of the novels South Street and The Chaneysville Incident. Although his short story "You Remember the Pinmill," published in Narrative, was awarded a 2014 O. Henry Prize, since 1985 Bradley has worked primarily in Creative Nonfiction. His most recent work in that genre has appeared in Narrative, Brevity and TriQuarterly. His persona essay, "A Eulogy for Nigger," was awarded the 2015 Notting Hill Prize. is currently at work on a collection of essays, The Bondage Hypothesis: Meditations on Race, History and America, and a novel-in-stories, Raystown. Born in Western Pennsylvania, he now lives in Southern California.

Publications & Prizes

The Chaneysville Incident (Harper & Row, 1990)
South Street (Scribner, 1986)
The Nation
The New Yorker
Prizes won: 

PEN/Faulkner Award (1982) Academy Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters (1982) Guggenheim Fellowship for fiction (1989) National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship for Creative Non-fiction (1991) O. Henry Prize 2014 Notting Hill Prize 2015

Personal Favorites

What I'm reading now: 
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin, Casualties by Elizabeth Marro, Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

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Identifies as: 
African American, Appalachian
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Born in: 
Bedford, PA
Raised in: 
Bedford, PA
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Last update: May 06, 2019