Laird Hunt

Visiting Hurst Professor: Laird Hunt - Reading

Washington University Department of English is proud to welcome Professor Laird Hunt as part of its Hurst Visiting Professors Series.

Laird Hunt is the author of eight novels, including the 2021 National Book Award finalist ZORRIE, and, most recently, a collection of linked stories, FLOAT UP, SING DOWN. He is the winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Fiction, the Grand Prix de Littérature Américaine, the Bridge Prize and a finalist for both the Pen/Faulkner and the Prix Femina Étranger.

Hunt’s reviews and essays have been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Daily Beast, the Guardian, the Irish Times and the Los Angeles Times, and his fiction and translations have appeared in many literary journals in the United States and abroad. A former United Nations press officer who was raised in Europe, Asia and rural Indiana, he now lives in Providence where he teaches in Brown University’s Literary Arts Program.