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Pam Houston

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Pam Houston is the Director of Creative Writing at U.C. Davis and she teaches at many summer writers'conferences and festivals in the US and abroad.

She has appeared on CBS Sunday Morning from time to time doing literary essays on the wilderness, as well as a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show. She lives in Colorado at 9,000 feet above sea level near the headwaters of the Rio Grande.

Genres: Literary Fiction
   Waltzing the Cat (1998)
   Sight Hound (2005)
   Contents May Have Shifted (2012)
Non fiction show
Pam Houston recommends
Homestead (2023)
Melinda Moustakis
"Part fever dream, part wilderness adventure, part family saga, in prose both elegant and resonant, Homestead tells of a broken, bitter man and an impulsive girl who battle it out to stake their claim, not on each other after all, but on 150 acres of unproven and break-your-heart-beautiful land in an Alaska on the verge of statehood."
Shutter (2022)
(Rita Todacheene, book 1)
Ramona Emerson
"This debut, spellbinding, gritty and beautiful, laced with body parts, hauntings, humor, residential school trauma and a lot of bloody noses, is, in the end, the story of a young girl who fell in love with a camera, and followed that camera into a life. Layered, depth-plumbing, radically suspenseful, deeply felt, Shutter moves between making your blood run cold and warming your heart, so quickly, smoothly and stealthily you won't know what hit you."
Ruthie Fear (2020)
Maxim Loskutoff
"Maxim Loskutoff writes the various violences of the contemporary American West (development, extraction, racism, misogyny, and guns, guns, guns) unapologetically, unromantically, and with a razor-sharp clarity that’s like a punch to the gut. The novel not so much centers around as conjures itself out of the fierce, tender wolf cub of a girl at its center who receives, exposes, incorporates, and transmogrifies that violence. I want Ruthie Fear on my side as we descend into whatever comes next."

More recommendations 

Anthologies containing stories by Pam Houston
The Best American Short Stories of the Century (2008)
(Best American Short Stories)
edited by
Katrina Kenison and John Updike
The Best American Short Stories 1999 (1999)
(Best American Short Stories)
edited by
Katrina Kenison and Amy Tan
The Best American Short Stories 1990 (1990)
(Best American Short Stories)
edited by
Richard Ford and Shannon Ravenel

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