Education: BA, 1974, and MA, 1977, University of Illinois at Chicago. Books: The Education of a Poker Player; Cowboys Full: The Story of Poker; Physical; Positively Fifth Street; Going to the Sun; Great America; Ghost Waves; Chin Music; Curtains; Out of the Blue. Publications: The Believer; The New Yorker; Foreign Policy; Harper's; Esquire; New York Times; The Atlantic; Paris Review; Scalawag; New Directions in Prose and Poetry; Book of Irish American Poetry From the 18th Century to the Present; Best American Poetry; Best American Science and Nature Writing; Best American Sports Writing; Best American Political Writing; Best American Magazine Writing; Best Erotic Writing in Modern Fiction. Awards: Peter Lisagor Award for Sports Journalism; Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency; two Society of Midland Authors Awards; Carl Sandburg Prize; Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry; NEA fellowships in poetry and prose. Appointments: Advisory board of the Mind Sport Research Network at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard; Lois and Willard Mackey Chair in Creative Writing at Beloit College (2010).
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