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Les Standiford

Les Standiford, photo by Garry Kravit
Les Standiford, photo by Garry Kravit

Les Standiford is the founding director of Florida International University’s Creative Writing Program. He also holds the Peter Meinke Chair in Creative Writing at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida.

He is the author of more than twenty works of fiction and nonfiction, including the John Deal mystery series; Last Train to Paradise: Henry Flagler and the Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Railroad that Crossed an OceanBringing Adam Home: The Abduction That Changed AmericaMeet You in Hell: Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and the Bitter Partnership That Changed America; and The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits, which was adapted into a feature motion picture. His awards include the Frank O’Connor Award for short fiction, an individual artist grant from the Florida Division of Arts & Culture, and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in creative writing.


selected bibliography

Battle for the Big Top by Les Standiford
Battle for the Big Top: P.T. Barnum, James Bailey, John Ringling, and the Death-Defying Saga of the American Circus (2021)
Miami Noir, edited by Les Standiford
Miami Noir: The Classics (Editor) (2020)
Palm Beach by Les Standiford
Palm Beach, Mar-a-Lago, and the Rise of America’s Xanadu (2019)
Last Train to Paradise: Henry Flagler and the Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Railroad that Crossed an Ocean (2002)

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online resources

Les Standiford’s website

Video: Standiford at the Friends of the Key West Library Speaker Series in 2022