Kurt Caswell is the author of four books of nonfiction: Laika’s Window: The Legacy of a Soviet Space Dog (2018); Getting to Grey Owl: Journeys on Four Continents (2015); In the Sun’s House: My Year Teaching on the Navajo Reservation (2009); and An Inside Passage (2009), which won the 2008 River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Book Prize and a Texas Tech University President’s Book Award. He has published widely in journals and magazines. Caswell was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, and grew up in the Cascade Range in Oregon. He has worked as a teacher in Hokkaido, Japan, on the Navajo Reservation, and at schools in Arizona, California, and Wyoming. A graduate of both the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College and the Bennington College Writing Seminars, his work has earned five Pushcart nominations, the Lucy Grealy Memorial Scholarship, and fellowships at Fishtrap writers’ conference and the MacDowell Colony. He is professor of creative writing and literature in the Honors College at Texas Tech University.
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