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John Pipkin was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and attended Washington and Lee University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Rice University—where he received his Ph.D. in British Literature in 1997. He has worked as an Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Humanities at Boston University, as an editor in educational publishing, and most recently as the Executive Director of the Writers’ League of Texas, a non-profit organization promoting literacy and the literary arts. He currently lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and son. WOODSBURNER is his first novel.

Awards and Special Recognition...


bulletBest of April 2009 selection by Amazon editors
bulletBest Fiction Books of 2009 by the Christian Science Monitor
bulletBest Fiction Books of 2009 by the Washington Post
bulletBest Fiction Books of 2009 by the San Francisco Chronicle
bulletCenter for Fiction Prize granted by The Mercantile Library of New York for the best debut novel of 2009
bulletFiction Award from the Massachusetts Center for the Book for 2010
bulletThe Texas Institute of Letters awarded Woodsburner the 2010 Steven Turner Award for First Novel Prize
bulletThe University of Texas at Austin awarded John Pipkin a 2010 Dobie Paisano Writing Fellowship



Photography by Kenneth Gall


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