Rick Bass Biography
Rick Bass was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1958. His father was a geologist
who passed on his passion to his son. Bass received a B.S. in petroleum
geology at Utah State University in 1979, and then worked as a gas and oil
geologist in Jackson, Mississippi. He started writing short stories during
his lunch breaks.
In 1987 he and his wife, the artist Elizabeth Hughes, moved to the Yaak Valley
in the northern Rockies, near the Idaho-Montana-Canada border. They have
two daughters and a couple of hunting dogs. Bass is active in working to
protect the Yaak area from roads and logging, and serves on the board of the
Yaak Valley Forest Council and Round River Conservation Studies.
He is the author of over twenty books. His first short story collection, The
Watch, set in Texas, won the PEN/Nelson Algren Award, and his 2002
collection, The Hermits Story, was a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the
Year. Basss stories have also been awarded the Pushcart Prize and the O. Henry
Award and have been collected in The Best American Short Stories.
This biography was last updated on 06/18/2011.
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