A native of Northern New England, Merle Drown has written stories, essays, plays, reviews, and two novels, Plowing Up a Snake (The Dial Press) and The Suburbs of Heaven (Soho Press, 2000; trade paperback, Berkley Press, 2001). With John Cawelti he edited Meteor in the Madhouse, the posthumous novellas of Leon Forrest, published by Northwestern University Press in 2001. The Suburbs of Heaven, chosen by Barnes and Noble for its Discover Great New Writers series, has been given rave reviews by the New York Times, Newsday and other media. Pieces from a collection-in-progress, Shrunken Heads, miniature portraits of the famous among us, have appeared in Amoskeag, Meetinghouse, Night Train, The Kenyon Review, Rumble, Sub-Lit, Word Riot, Bound Off, JMWW, Eclectica, Toasted Cheese, Foliate Oak, SN Review, Bartleby Snopes, (Short) Fiction Collective; Short, Fast, and Deadly; Molotov Cocktail, and 971 Menu. Drown has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the NH Arts Council. The father of three sons, he lives with his wife Teresa Ceballos in Concord, N.H. and Toronto. He teaches in Southern New Hampshire University’s M.F.A. program.
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