Barry Gifford

Barry Gifford's fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have been published in 28 languages. His novel Night People received Italy's Premio Brancati, established by Pier Paolo Pasolini and Alberto Moravia. He also won awards from PEN, the NEA, American Library Association, Writers Guild of America, and the Christopher Isherwood Foundation. The New York Times named Sailor's Holiday and The Phantom Father Notable Books of the Year and the Los Angeles Times named Wyoming Novel of the Year. Gifford has written librettos for opera composers Toru Takemitsu, Ichiro Nodaira, and Olga Neuwirth. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, Punch, Esquire, La Nouvelle Revue Française, El País, La Repubblica, Rolling Stone, Brick, Film Comment, El Universal, Projections, and the New York Times. Film credits include Wild at Heart, Perdita Durango, Lost Highway, City of Ghosts, Ball Lightning, and The Phantom Father. Recent books are Sailor & Lula: The Complete Novels, Sad Stories of the Death of Kings, and Imagining Paradise: New & Selected Poems. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.