Teaching Interests: Short Fiction, Art Criticism
Bruce Bauman writes fiction and nonfiction. He is the author of two novels: And The Word Was (Other Press 2006), and Broken Sleep (forthcoming from Other Press). His reviews have appeared in Bookforum, BOMB, Salon and The Los Angeles Times, among other publications. His short fiction has appeared in Another City: Writing from Los Angeles, Alice Redux, Opium, Confrontation and numerous literary magazines. His awards include a Durfee Foundation grant, UNESCO/Aschberg grant and the City of Los Angeles Award in Literature. Bauman is an instructor in the CalArts MFA Writing Program and the BFA Critical Studies Department. He has been the senior editor of the literary journal Black Clock since its inception.
- City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A.) Individual Artist Fellowship page
- Review of And The Word Was in LA Weekly
- And The Word Was page on Random House
Praise for Bruce Bauman’s book And The Word Was
“Bauman’s first novel is a magnificent debut, smart and intense, but accessible and riveting. This is simply a great novel.” — Booklist, starred review
Does “what only novels can: Make us gasp, sit up, say yes, the world has changed. This is what it feels like to live now.” — Los Angeles Magazine
“Think Albert Camus, Marcel Proust, and Larry David engaged in a debate on the meaning of sacrifice and forgiveness.” — Boldtype
“Downs and the other characters in Bauman’s New Delhi resemble those in the Jerusalem of Robert Stone’s Damascus Gate…. Confidently and profoundly exploring the languages of grief, guilt, ravaged memory and lost faith, Bauman’s debut novel traverses the psyche of a man whose personal diaspora and reconnection to the world quietly alter our perception of our own.” — L.A. Weekly
“[And the Word Was] is utterly absorbing, a page-turner in the most literal sense of the phrase. Seamlessly structured, it is at once intellectually ambitious and emotionally alive. Bruce Bauman is one of the most engaging and engaged writers and thinkers that I know.” — Rebecca Goldstein, author of The Mind-Body Problem and winner of a MacArthur Fellowship, the Jewish Book Award, and a Whiting Award.
“This book in its entirety is deeply moving, sophisticated, intricate, elegant, with a neatly woven narrative and powerful culminations. It is a loving, sensitive novel, which asks many hard questions about life and faith.” — Joanna Scott, author of Arrogance: A Novel and winner of a MacArthur Fellowship and the Lannan Foundation Award
“And, yet, for all the death, for all the truth, the book isn’t grim. It’s all been written so lightly, so engagingly. A hopeful atheist yourself, you wonder out loud at the elegance of the writer’s task. It’s a triumph because this book isn’t simple. It’s just written as if it were.” — Joy Nicholson author of Tribes of Palos Verdes and The Road to Esmeralda