Robert Boswell is the author of eleven books. His stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Stories, Pushcart Prize Stories, Best Stories from the South, Esquire, Ploughshares, Harvard Review, Colorado Review.
He has been faculty at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.
He shared the Cullen Chair in Creative Writing at the University of Houston with his wife, Antonya Nelson, who he met in a creative writing workshop at the University of Arizona taught by Mary Carter. They were married July 1978. Their daughter Jade was an art student at New Mexico State University, and son, Noah, is attending the University of Kansas as an English and chemistry double-major.
Boswell teaches creative writing at the University of Houston.
In many ways, Robert Boswell fits the mythology of the contemporary man in the American West. Known as Boz, he's a lanky, laconic six-footer with a closely cropped beard. Typically garbed in jeans and rumpled shirts with rolled-up sleeves, he drives a pickup truck and listens to Bruce Springsteen. He lives in an adobe house near the Rio Grande in Las Cruces, New Mexico, less than fifty miles from the Mexican border. His voice is a baritone, coming from way deep, and he's a slow talker...slower still with strangers. He claims the desert as his landscape of preference, insisting that the sky really is larger out there, and too much time away from the West makes him claustrophobic.
Through this collectionof 14 works, as he demonstrates again and again, the short story's pulse and meaning lie not in the places where theauthor points the light, but in those areas that remain purposefully obscure.