EricPuchneristhe author of the novel Model Home, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, and two collections of stories,Music Through the FloorandLast Day on Earth, which won the 2018 Towson Award for Literature. His work has appeared in many magazines and anthologies, includingGQ, Granta, Tin House, Zoetrope, The Best American Nonrequired Reading,Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, and The Best American Short Stories 2012 and 2017. He has received a California Book Award, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Eric is now a professor at Johns Hopkins University, and he lives in Baltimore with his wife, novelist Katharine Noel, and their two children.
Eric said, “I think by getting me to write early, and to write a lot, Calvert helped demystify the process for me and taught me that clarity and precision were the hallmarks of good writing (not wordiness). But really it was the number of books we read that left the most lasting impression. I wouldn't have had any interest in becoming a writer if I hadn't fallen in love with short stories and novels, and Calvert gave me the first nudge in that direction. I also have excellent grammar!”