Biography

Mitch Wieland is the author of the books Willy Slater’s Lane and God’s Dogs. His short stories have appeared in The Southern Review, The Kenyon Review, The Yale Review, TriQuarterly, The Sewanee Review, The Best of the West, Shenandoah, StoryQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, and numerous other publications.

Willy Slater’s Lane received starred reviews in Publisher’s Weekly and Booklist, and was optioned for a film. The New York Times Book Review described the novel as “immensely moving.” God’s Dogs was named the Idaho Book of the Year in 2009, and was featured in the annual Best of the West prize anthology. A finalist for the John Gardner Fiction Award, God’s Dogs was cited as a Book of the Year by New West, and nominated for a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award.

Wieland is the recipient of a 2012 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Christopher Isherwood Fellowship, a Boise State University Arts and Humanities Fellowship, and two Literature Fellowships from the Idaho Commission on the Arts.

Wieland directs the MFA Program at Boise State University, where he has taught for eighteen years. In 1998, he founded the award-winning Idaho Review, and continues to serve as its editor. Wieland also teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Southern New Hampshire University. He holds an MFA from The University of Alabama, and served as fiction editor of Black Warrior Review.

Watch Mitch and Kim Barnes on Idaho Public TV’s Dialogue with Host Marsha Franklin

Hear Mitch discuss Karaoke Men, his new novel in progress, on The Writers’ Block.

Listen to Mitch discuss God’s Dogs on New Horizons with Boise State University President Bob Kustra.

Listen to an interview with Mitch on Montana Public Radio.

Hear a brief lecture on fiction writing from Mitch.