David Galef

Poet, Fiction Writer, Creative Nonfiction Writer

Montclair, NJ

Publications & Prizes


Even Monkeys Fall from Trees (Tuttle, 1987)
Brevity: A Flash Fiction Handbook (Columbia University Press, 2016)
Japanese Proverbs: Wit and Wisdom (C.E. Tuttle Company, 2012)
My Date with Neanderthal Woman (Dzanc Books, 2011)
Flaws (WordTech Editions, 2007)
20 over 40 (University Press of Mississippi, 2006)
How to Cope with Suburban Stress (Permanent Press, 2006)
Laugh Track (University of Mississippi Press, 2002)
Even a Stone Buddha Can Talk (Tuttle, 2000)
Second Thoughts: A Focus on Rereading (Wayne State University Press, 1998)
Turning Japanese (Permanent Press, 1998)
Tracks (Morrow, 1996)
Flesh (Permanent Press, 1995)
The Supporting Cast: A Study of Flat and Minor Characters (Penn State University Press, 1993)
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Kanji Poems (WordTech Communications, 2015)
Flaws (WordTech Communications, 2007)
Apocalypses (Finishing Line Press, 2009)
Prizes won: 

2017                Wigleaf Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions

2017                Meringoff Prize for Fiction, Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers

2015                Finalist, Best Short Stories from The Saturday Evening Post Great American Fiction Contest

2011                Finalist, Center for Book Arts Letterpress Chapbook Poetry Competition

2011                Finalist in Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award, judged by A. E. Stallings

2009                Dzanc Publishing Short Story Collection Contest Winner

2008                Fulbright Fellowship, Tokyo

2008                Sonora Review short short story award finalist, judged by Steve Almond

2007                Noemi Press Fiction Chapbook Award, judged by Ben Marcus

2006                Kirkus Reviews: Best 30 Books of 2006 for How to Cope with Suburban Stress

2006                Book Sense selection: How to Cope with Suburban Stress

2006                Featured Poet, Light magazine (Spring-Summer 2006)

2004                Finalist in Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award, judged by Rachel Hadas

1997-98           Mississippi Arts Council grant for literary arts

1991                Studies in Popular Culture Whatley Award:  best essay

1991                Writers Exchange award:  readings at the National Arts Club and Harvard University

1981-82           Henfield Foundation Grant

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Prefers to work with: 
Any, Teachers
Fluent in: 
English, Japanese
Born in: 
New York, NY
New York
Raised in: 
New York, NY
New York
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Last update: May 27, 2019