David Means is an American writer. He was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1961. Means is considered one of the most respected writers of short stories in America today. He received an MFA in poetry from Columbia University and has been a part-time member of the English department at Vassar College since 2001. Means is the author of four short story collections and one novel, Hystopia (2016), longlisted for the Man Booker prize. His collection, The Secret Goldfish (2004), was translated into eight languages. His short stories have appeared in many publications, including Esquire, The New Yorker, and Harper’s. They are frequently set in the Midwest or the Rust Belt, or along the Hudson River in New York. Means lives in Nyack, New York and is married with two children.
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