Panelist, Robert Olen Butler
Robert Olen Butler has published eleven books since 1981, nine novels - The Alleys of Eden, Sun Dogs, Countrymen of Bones, On Distant Ground, Wabash, The Deuce, They Whisper, The Deep Green Sea, and Mr. Spaceman - and two volumes of short fiction - Tabloid Dreams and A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, which won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
His stories have appeared widely in such publications as The New Yorker, Esquire, The Paris Review, Harper's, GQ, Zoetrope, The Hudson Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Sewanee Review. They also have been chosen for inclusion in four annual editions of The Best American Short Stories, seven annual editions of New Stories from the South, and numerous college literature textbooks from such publishers as Simon & Schuster, Norton, Viking, Little Brown & Co., Houghton Mifflin, Oxford University Press, Prentice Hall, and Bedford/St.Martin. His works have been translated into a dozen languages, including Vietnamese, Thai, Korean, Polish, Japanese and Greek.
A recipient of both a Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction and a National Endowment for the Arts grant, he also won the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. His short story "Fair Warning" won a 2001 National Magazine Award in Fiction and will be the basis for his new novel of the same name, to be published early in 2002. He was also a charter recipient of the Tu Do Chinh Kien Award given by the Vietnam Veterans of America for "outstanding contributions to American culture by a Vietnam veteran."
Since 1995 he has written feature-length screenplays for New Regency, Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Brothers, Paramount, Disney, and Universal Pictures and two teleplays for HBO. He is the Francis Eppes Professor holding the Michael Shaara Chair in Creative Writing at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, and is married to the novelist and playwright Elizabeth Dewberry.
Butler's son Josh is a movie director in Hollywood, California, whose next project, "Prancer Returns," premieres on USA Network November 20, the night his father is expected to complete "Inside Creative Writing."