Mapping Literary Utah; Writer
John Fulton was born in 1967 in Salt Lake City and grew up mostly in Montana and Utah. He graduated from Judge Memorial High School in Salt Lake City, attended college in Washington State, and later earned his MFA in fiction writing from the University of Michigan, where he taught creative writing and literature for many years. He is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where he has directed the MFA Program in Creative Writing. He is the author of three books of fiction, The Animal Girl: Two Novellas and Three Stories (LSU Press), which was short listed for the Story Award and a finalist for the Paterson Fiction Prize; Retribution (Picador USA), which won the Southern Review Short Fiction Award for the best first collection of short stories published in 2001 by an American writer; and the novel More Than Enough (Picador USA), which was a Barnes and Noble’s Discover Great New Writers selection, a finalist for the Midland Society of Authors Award, and the Salt Lake City Tribune Best Adult Novel of the West for 2002. More Than Enough has also been published in the United Kingdom in hardback (William Heinemann), where it was reissued in paperback (Vintage).
Fulton’s books have been positively reviewed in national and international newspapers and periodicals such as The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Dublin Tribune, and Elle. In its review of Retribution, The Boston Sunday Globe praised Fulton for writing “like an old master in this powerful collection of short stories” and The Chicago Tribune called his debut collection “assured, polished, and heartfelt.” The San Francisco Chronicle celebrated his novel for bringing “drama and ambiguity to the City of Zion.”
Fulton’s stories have been awarded the Pushcart Prize, short-listed for the O. Henry Award, and twice received honorable mention in The Best American Short Stories. They have been published in more than a dozen journals and magazines, including Zoetrope, Oxford American, The Sun, The Missouri Review, Epoch, and The Southern Review.
He has also received grants and fellowships from the New York Writers Institute, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs.
He currently lives in Boston with his wife and two children.