Bret Lott is the bestselling uthor of ten books, most recently the nonfiction collection Letters and Life: On Being a Writer, On Being a Christian ( Crossway 2013) and he novel Dead Low Tide ( Random House 2012). Other ooks include the story collection The Difference Between Women and Men, the nonfiction book Before We Get Started: A Practical Memoir of the Writer ’ s Life, and the novels Jewel, an Oprah Book Club pick, and A Song I Knew by Heart. His work has appeared in, among other places, The Yale Review, The New York Times, The Georgia Review and in ozens of book.
Born in Los Angeles, he eceived his BA in English from Cal State Long Beach in 1981, and his MFA in fiction from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1984, where he studied under James Baldwin. From 1986 to 2004 he was writer-in-residence and professor of English at he College of Charleston, leaving to take he position of editor and director of the journal The Southern Review at Louisiana State University. Three decades ater, in the fall of 2007, he went to The College of Charleston and the job he most loves: teaching.
His honors include being named Fulbright Senior American Scholar and writer-in-residence to Bar-Ilan University in Tel Aviv, speaking on Flannery O ’ Connor at The White House, and having served as a member of the National Council on the Arts from 2006 to 2012. Currently he is nonfiction editor of the journal Crazyhorse. He and his son, Melanie, live in South Carolina.