Bruce Bauman

Bruce Bauman

Teaching Interests: Short Fiction, Art Criticism

Bruce Bauman is the author of the novels Broken Sleep and And The Word Was. He was the Senior Editor of Black Clock literary magazine from its inception in 2004 until its closing in 2016. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Salon, Bookforum, BOMB, Slice, LitHub and numerous literary magazines and anthologies. Among his awards are a UNESCO/Aschberg laureate in Literature, Durfee Foundation grant and a City of Los Angeles Award in Literature. He was awarded a residency at the French artists’ colony le Moulin à Nef in the summer of  2017. 

Praise for Bruce Bauman’s book Broken Sleep

Broken Sleep “is about a man, Moses, who makes two life changing discoveries that lead him on a journey that is funny, heartbreaking and beautiful.”—Michael Silverblatt, host of KCRW’s Bookworm

"Bauman succeeds at unleashing an intergenerational story, lyrical, tormenting, and fiercely relatable, much like the Bellow generation of Jewish writers…. Bauman’s novel is also identifiably feminist, in a way that separates the text from its predecessors. ”—Los Angeles Review of Books

“[A] plangent tour de force of epic proportions…"—Library Journal, starred review

Broken Sleep‘s “heartfelt scenario, complex characters, and fascinating structure keep it engrossing, relatable, and subtly earnest and beautiful from beginning to end.” —PopMatters

“In this mind-bending work of fiction that entwines generations and continents, each character represents contemporary life’s most existential crises." —Shelf Awareness

"Bauman manages to capture both the insatiable drive for fame and success, and the harsh reality of unrealized dreams that seem distinctly American.” —Electric Lit

Gone with the Wind meets Infinite Jest meets Lust for Life meets Off the Grid meets Great Expectations meets The Corrections in this sweeping novel of epic human flaws and unwieldy intergenerational destiny set against the paradisiacal dystopia of the late-20th century American art world…” —Whitehot Magazine