International Best-Selling Author Matt Bondurant Joins SNHU's MFA Low-Residency Program as Fulltime Faculty

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International best-selling author Matt Bondurant is joining Southern New Hampshire University's MFA Low-Residency program this winter. Bondurant’s new novel The Night Swimmer (Scribner) will be published in January, 2012.

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Our faculty are an enganged and engaging group who write beyond the desk. They live big lives and bring big stories to our students," says Les Becquets.

International best-selling author Matt Bondurant is joining Southern New Hampshire University's MFA Low-Residency program as full-time faculty this winter. Bondurant’s new novel The Night Swimmer (Scribner) will be published in January, 2012.

"Matt is an inspiring writer, teacher, and person -- a perfect fit for our program," says MFA Director Diane Les Becquets. "Our faculty are an enganged and engaging group who write beyond the desk. They live big lives and bring big stories to our students."

Bondurant's second novel The Wettest County in the World (Scribner 2008) was a New York Times Editor’s Pick, a San Francisco Chronicle Best 50 Books of the Year, and has been made into a feature film by Director John Hillcoat (The Road) starring Shia Labeouf, Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Gary Oldman, and Guy Pearce to be released in 2012.

His first novel The Third Translation (Hyperion 2005) was an international bestseller, translated into 14 languages worldwide. His novels have been featured in Esquire, Entertainment Weekly, Salon, and Men’s Journal, among others.

A former John Gardner Fellow in Fiction at Bread Loaf, Kingsbury Fellow at Florida State, and Walter E. Dakin Fellow at Sewanee, Bondurant's short fiction, essays, and poems have been published in journals such as Prairie Schooner, The New England Review, Ninth Letter, and Glimmer Train. Bondurant has appeared on various media outlets, including the Discovery Channel, Radio France, and NPR, and has been a featured speaker or reader at dozens of literary festivals, workshops, and conferences, and recently held residencies at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony.

In the past Bondurant worked for the Associated Press National Broadcast Office in Washington, DC, an NPR station in Virginia as an on-air announcer and producer, and as a Steward at the British Museum in London, England. During other periods Bondurant was a waiter, bartender, lifeguard, barrista, university English professor, or just unemployed. A former competitive swimmer, NCAA water polo player, runner, and itinerant triathlete,

Bondurant has recently competed in numerous endurance events and long-distance swimming races including the Beginish Island 4-Mile Swim off the coast of Western Ireland and the Around the Rock race around Alcatraz Island. He lives in Texas.

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