I am the author of six novels, including YELLOWFISH, BROKEN GROUND, and THE SHADOWS OF OWLS. I have also published a collection of stories, NOCTURNAL AMERICAN, winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction, and a work of nonfiction, OUT OF THE CHANNEL: THE EXXON VALDEZ OIL SPILL IN PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND. My eighth book, THE APPOINTMENT: THE TALE OF ADALINE CARSON, was published in 2019, and my story, "Synchronicity," originally published by HARPER'S in 2018, was reprinted in THE O'HENRY PRIZE STORIES 2019. I have been a Guggenheim Fellow and also Distinguished Visiting Writer at Boise State University, and on three occasions held the Coal Royalty Trust Chair in Creative Writing at the University of Alabama. I am a Professor Emeritus at Eastern Washington University.

Wikipedia site: www.John Keeble (writer).

Other Works

  • Yellowfish

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  • Crab Canon

  • The Shadows of Owls

  • Nocturnal America

  • Out of the Channel: The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill in Prince William Sound (two editions)

  • Broken Ground (several editions)

  • Mine (coauthored with Ransom Jeffery)


Awards and Recognition

  • "Synchronicity," O'Henry Prize Stories. 2019.
  • Broken Ground cited as one of the best hundred books in Literary Oregon, One Hundred Brooks, 1800-2000, the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission, 2005.
  • "The Chasm," Best American Short Stories, 1994.
  • To Write and Keep Kind (video), Northwest Regional Emmy Award Nominee, Documentary Writing, 1993; "Blue Ribbon," American International Video Festival, 1993; First Prize, documentary category, New York Film Festival, 1993.
  • The Fishers," 1993 Pushcart Prize nominee; Finalist for the National Magazine Award for Short fiction; cited among the 100 Other Distinguished Stories of 1992 by Best American Short Stories, 1993.
  • Governor's Award, State of Washington Commission for the Humanities and Washington State Library, for Out of the Channel: The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill in Prince William Sound. 1990. Also included in the Village Voice Pulitzer Prize Nomination for coverage of the Alaska Oil Spill. 1990.
  • John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 1982/83.
  • Eastern Washington University Trustees Medal (for teaching and research), 1980.

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