Liam Callanan is a novelist, journalist, and essayist for radio and print.
He’s the author of three books, including the novels The Cloud Atlas, which was a finalist for the Edgar Award, and All Saints, a Target Bookmarked Breakout book. His most recent book, a collection of short stories titled Listen, was a Midwest Connections pick.
He serves in the English department of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and was previously its chair, as well as coordinator of its Ph.D. program in creative writing. He has regularly contributed to local and national public radio, and has written for a wide variety of publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Slate, The New York Times, The Washington Post Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, Forbes FYI, Good Housekeeping, Parents, Milwaukee Magazine and elsewhere.
His short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in a variety of literary journals, including Gulf Coast, The New Haven Review, Tinge (where his story was named one of the Millions Writers Award Notable Stories of 2011 by storySouth), The Writers Chronicle, Blackbird, Crab Orchard Review, Southern Indiana Review, Caketrain, failbetter, The Spectacle, and Phoebe. Liam is also the creator and co-executive producer of the Poetry Everywhere animated film series, which is archived at PBS.