Visiting Writer: Peter Turchi

Peter Turchi is the author of six books and the co-­editor of three anthologies. His books include A Muse and A Maze: Writing as Puzzle, Mystery, and Magic; Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer; a novel, The Girls Next Door; a collection of stories, Magician; and The Pirate Prince, co­-written with Cape Cod treasure hunter Barry Clifford. His short story “Night, Truck, Two Lights Burning,” was listed as one of 100 Notable Stories of 2002 by the editors of Best American Short Stories, and one of 15 Recommended Stories by the jury for the O. Henry Prize. He also co­-edited, with Andrea Barrett, A Kite in the Wind: Fiction Writers on Their Craft, and The Story Behind the Story: 26 Stories by Contemporary Writers and How They Work; and, with Charles Baxter, Bringing the Devil to His Knees: The Craft of Fiction and the Writing Life.

Turchi’s work has appeared in Tin House, The Huffington Post, Fiction Writers Review, PloughsharesStory, The Alaska Quarterly Review, Puerto del Sol, and The Colorado Review, among others. He received Washington College’s Sophie Kerr Prize, an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award, North Carolina’s Sir Walter Raleigh Award, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He earned his BA at Washington College and his MFA at the University of Arizona. He has taught at Northwestern University, Appalachian State University, Arizona State University, and Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference. He currently teaches nonfiction and fiction at the University of Houston, and fiction in Warren Wilson’s MFA Program for Writers.