George Saunders was born in Amarillo, Texas, grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago, and received a BS in geophysical engineering from Colorado School of Mines. He received an MA in creative writing from Syracuse University, where he was a student of Tobias Wolff. Saunders is a recipient of both a MacArthur and a Guggenheim fellowship, among other awards, and the author of three essay collections and several works of fiction, including, most recently, Tenth of December: Stories. In 1997, he joined the faculty of Syracuse University, where he is currently a professor of creative writing.
Visit George Saunders' website.
Read the short story “Tenth of December.”
Read Saunders' essay in The New Yorker, "My Writing Education: A Time Line," which discusses the importance of writing teachers--including mentor Tobias Wolff.
Read about Saunders in the New York Times Magazine.
Watch Saunders on The Colbert Report.