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Kevin John Brockmeier
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Born (1972-12-06) December 6, 1972 (age 50)
Hialeah, Florida, U.S.
Occupation Author
Nationality American
Alma mater Southwest Missouri State University

Kevin John Brockmeier (born December 6, 1972) is an American writer of fantasy and literary fiction.

Life and career

Brockmeier was born in Hialeah, Florida and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. He is a graduate of Parkview Arts and Science Magnet High School (1991) and Southwest Missouri State University (1995). He taught at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he received his MFA in 1997, and lives in Little Rock.

His short stories have been printed in numerous publications and he has published two collections of stories, two children's novels, and two fantasy novels.

Brockmeier has won three O. Henry Prizes, the Chicago Tribune's Nelson Algren Award for Short Fiction, Italo Calvino Short Fiction Award, the Booker Worthen Literary Prize, and the Porter Fund Literary Prize.

Published works

Story collections

  • Things That Fall from the Sky (New York City: Pantheon Books, 2002, ISBN: 0-375-42134-3)
  • The View From The Seventh Layer (New York: Pantheon Books, 2008, ISBN: 0-375-42530-6)
  • The Ghost Variations (Penguin Random House, 2021, ISBN: 9781524748838)


  • The Truth About Celia (New York: Pantheon Books, 2003, ISBN: 0-375-42135-1)
  • The Brief History of the Dead (New York: Pantheon Books, 2006, ISBN: 0-375-42369-9)
  • The Illumination (New York: Pantheon Books, 2011, ISBN: 0-375-42531-4)
  • A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip: A Memoir of Seventh Grade (New York: Pantheon Books, 2014, ISBN: 0-307-90898-4)

For younger readers

  • City of Names (Viking, 2002)
  • Grooves: A Kind of Mystery (New York: Katherine Tegen Books, 2006, ISBN: 0-06-073691-7)

Miscellaneous stories

  • "The Brief History of the Dead" (published in The New Yorker September 8, 2003; used as the first chapter of the novel by the same name)

For more information on individual stories, see Things That Fall from the Sky

Anthologies as Editor

  • Real Unreal: Best American Fantasy 3, edited by Kevin Brockmeier (Portland, Underland Press, scheduled January 2010, ISBN: 978-0-9802260-8-9).
Featuring stories by: Stephen King, Peter S. Beagle, Laura Kasischke, Jeffrey Ford, Lisa Goldstein, Paul Tremblay, Will Clarke, Thomas Glave, John Kessel, Kellie Wells, Ryan Boudinot, Rebecca Makkai, Martin Cozza, Chris Gavaler, Deborah Scwartzand, Shawn Vestal, and Katie Williams.

Awards and honors

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