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A native of Ivanhoe, Virginia, David Huddle served as an enlisted man in the Army during the Vietnam War. After returning to the United States, he completed his undergraduate education at the University of Virginia. He went on to attain additional degrees from Hollins University and Columbia University. Of his education he says, “I couldn't have become a writer without the two graduate writing programs that I went through. I needed that time to be able to believe that I could be a writer, to have people treat me as if I were a writer.”
Since that time, Mr. Huddle has built an impressive body of work, including two novels, four collections of short stories, five books of poetry, and various novellas and essays. His writing has appeared in Esquire, Harper's, The New York Times Magazine, Playboy, Ploughshares, Story, and Best American Short Stories. His novel, The Story of a Million Years (1999), was selected Best Book of the Year by the Los Angeles Times Book Review and named a distinguished first novel by Esquire.
“I love good sentences,” Huddle says. “I have a lust for a good sentence, as a reader and as a writer.” That passion for fine writing has garnered him two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and positions on the faculties at the University of Vermont, Middlebury College's Bread Loaf School of English, and Pacific Lutheran University's low-residency Master of Fine Arts program.
We interviewed Mr. Huddle over lunch at Europa restaurant in Spokane.