Gabe Hudson’s first book, Dear Mr. President (Knopf), a story collection about the Persian Gulf War, has been translated into seven languages. It was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award and received the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the Academy of Arts and Letters....Read More
Joyce Carol Oates, author of We Were the Mulvaneys and The Gravedigger’s Daughter
“Beyond their great narrative propulsion and their astonishing but always balanced surreality and humor, Gabe Hudson’s stories have a crucial and rare thing: soul. Hudson has been, from the very first stuff of his I read many years ago, one of the two or three young writers who every time they publish I run to see what they’ve done. He combines so many things I count on in fiction I love — great expansive humor, a big-hearted optimism about all that’s possible in the world and in fiction, a very clear moral purpose and a sense of social responsibility — plus a willingness to experiment with the form of writing, to push the art of writing further, and with passion. He’s an important writer.”
— Dave Eggers, author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and The Circle
“Hudson writes crazed, energetic stories full of mayhem and heart. This collection summons up a funny, troubling image of America the Invader, clumsily enforcing its will with a high-tech army of narcissists and neurotics.”
— George Saunders, author of Pastoralia and Tenth of December
“Mr. Hudson’s style goes from zero to one hundred MPH in the first sentence. Faster than a Road Runner cartoon, he reminds us war can be funny as hell.”
— Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club and Choke
Gabe Hudson’s first book, Dear Mr. President (Knopf), a story collection about the Persian Gulf War, has been translated into seven languages. It was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award and received the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the Academy of Arts and Letters. Dear Mr. President was named one of the Ten Best Books of the Year by GQ, a Village Voice and St. Louis Post-Dispatch Best Book of the Year, as well as a New & Noteworthy paperback by The New York Times.
Hudson was named one of Granta’s 20 Best of Young American Novelists, and received Princeton’s Hodder Fellowship. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Village Voice, McSweeney’s, Black Book, and Granta. He was a contributing writer for HBO’s book, Six Feet Under: Better Living Through Death. He was an Editor-at-Large for McSweeney’s from 2003-2012.
Hudson received his M.F.A. from Brown University, where he was awarded the John Hawkes Prize in Fiction by the novelist Robert Coover. He also served as a rifleman in the Marine Corps reserve.
Hudson taught at Princeton from 2004-2007. From 2007-2012, he was a professor at Yonsei University’s Underwood International College in Seoul, where he was the founding director of South Korea’s first creative writing program.
Hudson was raised in Austin, TX, and Raleigh, NC, and has lived abroad in Bangkok and Seoul. He lives in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.
Named one of Granta‘s Best of Young American Novelists
Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters
Princeton University’s Hodder Fellowship
Selected by The New Yorker for Debut Fiction Issue
One of GQ‘s Ten Best Books of the Year
A St. Louis Post-Dispatch Best Book of the Year
One of The Village Voice‘s 25 Best Books of the Year
Brown University’s John Hawkes Prize in Fiction
A New York Times New and Noteworthy Paperback
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