Larry Watson

Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer, Poet

Kenosha, WI
Wisconsin US

Author's Bio

I've taught and/or given presentations at Aspen Summer Words Writers Conference, AWP Annual Conference, Bjorklunden Summer Seminars, California Polytechnic State University, Colorado College, Etonnants Voyageurs International Film and Book Festival, Fresno Poets Association, Gallatin Institute, High Plains Literary Festival, Hood College, Interlochen School of the Arts, Les Borealis Book Festival, Livingston Writers Conference, McCallie Preparatory School, Macalester College, Middlebury College, Montana Book Festival, Mountains and Plains Booksellers Association, North Dakota Heritage Society, Plains International Reading Association, Saint John's University, Santa Fe Writers Conference, Spring Green Literary Festival, Upper Midwest Booksellers Association, University of Dayton, University of Montana, University of North Dakota, University of South Dakota, Walker School, Western Montana Writers Conference, Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English, Wisconsin Book Festival, Wisconsin Library Association, and elsewhere.

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

These United States (Nation Books, 2003)
Off the Beaten Path (North Point Press, 1998)
The Most Wonderful Books (Milkweed Editions, 1997)
Imagining Home (University of Minnesota Press, 1995)
Prairie Volcano (Dakota Press, 1995)
Baseball and the Game of Life (Birch Brook Press, 1990)


As Good As Gone (Algonquin Books, 2016)
Let Him Go (Milkweed Editions, 2013)
American Boy (Milkweed Editions, 2011)
Sundown, Yellow Moon (Random House, 2007)
Orchard (Random House, 2003)
Laura (Pocket Books, 2000)
White Crosses (Pocket Books, 1997)
Justice (Milkweed Editions, 1995)
Montana 1948 (Milkweed Editions, 1993)
In a Dark Time (Scribner, 1980)


Leaving Dakota (Song Press, 1983)
Prizes won: 

Milkweed Fiction Prize, Friends of American Writers Award, Wisconsin Library Association Banta Award (1993, 2003), Wisconsin Arts Board Grant, National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship (1987, 2004), 1993 Critics Choice Award, 1994 Fiction Award from the Mountain and Plains States Booksellers, 1993 Notable Book by the American Library Association in both Adult and Young Adult Fiction categories, MONTANA 1948 named one of top ten novels of 1993 by Bookline, selected as a 2008 Notable Wisconsin Author by the Wisconsin Library Association, High Plains 2007 Emeritus Award.

More Information

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Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Teachers, Teenagers
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Born in: 
Rugby, ND
North Dakota
Raised in: 
Bismarck, ND
North Dakota
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Last update: Nov 12, 2017