Originally from Los Angeles, Bret Lott is the author of the novels The Man Who Owned Vermont, A Stranger's House, Jewel, Reed's Beach, and The Hunt Club, just published by Villard Books of Random House.
He is also the author of the story collections A Dram of Old Leaves and How To Get Home, and the memoir Fathers, Sons and Brothers. His short stories have been widely anthologized, and have appeared in such journals as The Yale Review, Story, and The Southern Review, and have been read on National Public Radio in nationwide broadcasts.
Selections from Fathers, Sons and Brothers have appeared in, among other places, The Chicago Tribune, The Antioch Review, The Gettysburg Review and Iowa Review, and have been cited in the 1994, 1995, and 1996 volumes of Best American Essays.
Mr. Lott graduated from Cal State Long Beach in 1981, and received his MFA in 1984 from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he studied writing under the late James Baldwin. After teaching at Ohio State from 1984 to 1986, he accepted a teaching position at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina, where he is writer-in-residence and professor of English. He lives in Mt. Pleasant with his wife, Melanie, and two sons, Zebulum and Jacob.