Doug Dorst is the author of Alive in Necropolis, which was honored as San Francisco’s 2009 One City One Book selection, winner of the 2009 Emperor Norton Award, runner-up for the 2009 PEN/Hemingway, Shirley Jackson, and IAFA/Crawford Awards, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, and one of’s Best Books of 2008.

His short story collection, The Surf Guru, was also an NYTBR Editors’ Choice as well as a Rumpus Book Club selection. His stories have appeared in McSweeney’s, Ploughshares, ZYZZYVA, and other journals, as well as in the anthologies Significant Objects and Politically Inspired.

His first play, Monster in the Dark, a collaboration with foolsFURY Theater Company, had critically-acclaimed runs in San Francisco and Berkeley in 2008. SF Weekly cited Monster in naming foolsFURY San Francisco’s Best Theater Company of the year.

Doug is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford, and he has received Fellowships from the Michener-Copernicus Society and the National Endowment for the Arts. He lives in Austin and is an associate professor of English at Texas State University in San Marcos. He also serves on the advisory board for Austin Bat Cave, a non-profit writing center for kids.

A three-time Jeopardy! champion, Doug appeared on the show’s 2006 Tournament of Champions.

posted : Monday, February 22nd, 2010