Biography

Mitch Wieland is the author of the novels Willy Slater’s Lane and God’s Dogs. Willy Slater’s Lane received starred reviews in Publisher’s Weekly and Booklist, and was optioned for a film. Named Idaho Book of the Year, God’s Dogs was featured in the annual Best of the West prize anthology, and was a top finalist for the John Gardner Fiction Award. Wieland’s short stories have appeared in The Missouri Review, The Southern Review, The Kenyon Review, The Yale Review, TriQuarterly, The Sewanee Review, Shenandoah, and Prairie Schooner, among other publications. His new novel is set in Tokyo in the aftermath of Fukushima Daiichi.

Wieland is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, the Boise State University Arts and Humanities Institute, the Alexa Rose Foundation, The Cabin, and the Idaho Commission on the Arts.

A co-founder of the MFA program at Boise State University, Wieland was its director for ten years. He also founded the award-winning Idaho Review. Currently in his twenty-fourth year at Boise State, he teaches MFA and BFA classes in fiction writing and publishing/editing, and continues to serve as the editor-in-chief of The Idaho Review.

Wieland holds an MFA from The University of Alabama, where he was the fiction editor of the Black Warrior Review.

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

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

Hear Mitch on The Writers’ Block.

Listen to an interview with Mitch on Montana Public Radio.

Hear a brief lecture on fiction writing from Mitch.