Alvin Greenberg

Alvin Greenberg’s short story collection, How the Dead Live, appeared in 1998 from Graywolf Press, and a CD of the author reading his story, “The Power of Language” (previously included in Best American Short Stories) has just been released as Issue #6 of VOYS, a journal of the spoken word. Other short fiction has recently been published in Indiana Review, Nebraska Review, American Literary Review, Five Points, and Salt Hill His most recent books of poetry are Heavy Wings (Ohio Review Press) and Why We Live With Animals (Coffee House Press); Apollonia’s Circus, his 1994 opera in collaboration with composer Eric Stokes, was hailed by one reviewer as “a major work.” The Music of Silence, a collection of personal essays, is forthcoming from the University of Utah Press in 2002. His poetry, fiction, and essays appear regularly in literary magazines, and he is the recipient of the Loft’s 1994 Award of Distinction in Poetry and the 1994 Chelsea Poetry Award as well as fellowships from the NEA and the Bush Foundation. Educated at the Universities of Cincinnati and Washington and a member of the Macalester College English Department from 1965 to 1999, he now lives in Boise, Idaho, with his wife, poet Janet Holmes.

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