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John J. Clayton

John J. Clayton

John J. Clayton is the author, most recently, of the story collection Many Seconds into the Future (Texas Tech University Press, 2014). He has also published four novels, most recently Mitzvah Man (Texas Tech, 2011), which recently received the Bronze Award from the Book of the Year Awards in Literary Adult Fiction. His second story collection, Radiance, won the Ohio State University award in short fiction and was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. Its title story, “The Man Who Could See Radiance,” was read at Symphony Space in New York and has been aired several times on NPR as part of the Selected Shorts series. His stories have been reprinted in The O. Henry Prize Stories, The Best American Short Stories, and The Pushcart Prize. He has also written a good deal about modern fiction, including Saul Bellow: In Defense of Man and Gestures of Healing, a psychological study of modern British and American fiction. He is professor emeritus at University of Massachusetts and lives with his wife, Sharon Dunn, just outside of Amherst, Massachusetts. Visit him at www.johnjclayton.com. (updated 6/2015)

His AGNI Online story “Light at the End of the Tunnel” was named one of the Top Ten Online Stories of 2005 by storySouth.


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