William Loizeaux



BA Colgate University,
MA University of Michigan

Room 243
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As a writer, I work in a variety of genres. I’ve published stories, essays, an op-ed piece, a novel for adult readers, two novels for children, and two memoirs, one a New York Times Notable Book.  See www.williamloizeaux.com for details.  I have another children’s novel in progress.

Before coming to BU, I was Writer in Residence at Johns Hopkins, where I taught graduate readings seminars in essay and memoir, and writing workshops in fiction and nonfiction. I have also taught regularly at the Aspen Writer’s Foundation summer workshops. At BU, I am focusing on seminars and workshops in literary nonfiction, where I hope to heighten students’ appreciation of this wide-ranging genre and to encourage them to write publishable literary nonfiction themselves. I believe that good readers make good writers and that good writing comes from both individual and collaborative inspiration.

Works In Progress
  • Into the Wind, a novel for children
Selected Publications
  • The Tumble Inn, a novel (2014)
  • The Shooting of Rabbit Wells (1998, 2012, 2015)
  • Anna: A Daughter’s Life (1993, 2013)
  • Clarence Cochran: A Human Boy (2009)
  • Wings (2006)
Selected Essays and Stories
  • “The Swifts of Northville,” Gettysburg Review (2013)
  • “Up the Brook,” Three-Quarter Review (2013)
  • “In Memoirs, Varieties of Truth,” Christian Science Monitor (2006)
  • “Wader Man,” Witness (2002), Our Best: 1987-2004 (2004)
  • “In Defense of Fainting,” The American Scholar (2001)
  • “Getting to Roger,” The American Scholar (2001)
  • “The Greenskeeper,” TriQuarterly (1994), TriQuarterly New Writers (1996)
  • “Beside the Passaic,” Massachusetts Review (1987), A Good Deal: Selected Stories from the Massachusetts Review (1988)
Honors, Grants, and Awards
  • 2015 New York Book Festival Grand Prize (The Tumble Inn)
  • Aspen Institute Seminar Participant (invited), “Storytelling, Culture, and the Future of  Democracy” (2012)
  • Johns Hopkins University Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching (2005, 2012)
  • Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award for Fiction (2010)
  • Johns Hopkins University Faculty Award for Professional Achievement (2007)
  • Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award for Nonfiction (1992)
  • Maryland State Arts Council Works in Progress Grant  (1985)
  • ASPCA Henry Bergh Children’s Book Award in Fiction (Wings, 2006)
  • Golden Kite Award Honor Book for Fiction (Wings, 2006)
  • Christian Science Monitor Notable Children’s Book (Wings, 2006)
  • USA TODAY Best Children’s Books of 2006 (Wings, 2006)
  • Barnes & Noble “Best of” List for Children’s Literature (Wings, 2006)
  • New York Times Notable Book (Anna: A Daughter’s Life, 1993)