we would all like to say a tender, loving, caring congratulations to the incomparable brad watson. he was named one of this year’s nominees for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction (announced just earlier today).
to give those of you who have not worked closely with brad an idea of the kind of author/artist/human being he is, we are posting a piece of writing we once saw somewhere else on a statue of a different man entirely:
This [is] a man
This [is] a man of action and achievement
This [is] a man of vision and creativity
A man of serenity and strength
A man of determination and patience
This [is] a man of sensitivity and courage
A man of humor and humility
A noble man with a common touch
A self disciplined man with an understanding for all
This [is] a man who [is] counselor to thousands throughout the world
This [is] a man committed to truth and good and beauty
[Brad Watson is] a man and a leader of men…
congratulations brad. we think your book is rad, and we are so very happy for you.
brad watson is associate professor of fiction, and a core faculty member, at the uwyo mfa.