Philip Graham is the author of seven books of fiction and nonfiction, including the critically acclaimed story collections, The Art of the Knock and Interior Design, the novel, How to Read an Unwritten Language, and atravel memoir, The Moon, Come to Earth: Dispatches from Lisbon. He is also the co-author (with his wife, anthropologist Alma Gottlieb) of two memoirs of Africa, Parallel Worlds (winner of the Victor Turner Prize), and most recently, Braided Worlds. His work has been translated into seven languages, and he has been a visiting writer at many international writing residences, including Bulgaria, China, Slovenia, Switzerland, Hong Kong and Portugal.
Graham’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, Washington Post Magazine, North American Review, Paris Review, McSweeney’s, and elsewhere. He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities (U.S.). He is a professor emeritus of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he co-founded the award-winning literary/arts magazine, Ninth Letter; he now serves as Editor-at-Large for the magazine’s website. He regularly posts craft essays on the art of writing at his author’s website.