Floyd Skloot is a creative nonfiction writer, poet, and fiction writer whose work has received three Pushcart Prizes, a Pen USA Literary Award, two Pacific NW Book Awards, an Independent Publishers Book Award, and two Oregon Book Awards. His writing has appeared in such distinguished magazines as The New York Times Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Poetry, American Scholar, Georgia Review, Sewanee Review, Southern Review, Hudson Review, Gettysburg Review, Boulevard, Virginia Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, and Creative Nonfiction. His seventeen books include the memoirs In the Shadow of Memory (University of Nebraska Press, 2003), A World of Light (University of Nebraska Press, 2005), and The Wink of the Zenith: The Shaping of a Writer's Life (University of Nebraska Press, 2008); the poetry collections Approximately Paradise (Tupelo Press, 2005), The End of Dreams (Louisiana State University Press, 2006), Selected Poems: 1970-2005 (Tupelo Press, 2008), and The Snow's Music (Louisiana State University Press, 2008); and the novels Summer Blue (Story Line Press, 1994) and Patient 002 (Rager Media, 2007).
His next book, Revertigo: An Off-Kilter Memoir will be published by The University of Wisconsin Press in Spring, 2014. His 7th collection of poems, Close Reading will be published by Eyewear Publishing in the UK with US distribution by Guernica Books also in Spring, 2014.
He co-edited The Best American Science Writing 2011 (HarperCollins/Ecco Press) with his daughter, Rebecca Skloot.
He contributes book reviews to the New York Times Book Review, Boston Globe, Harvard Review, Sewanee Review, Notre Dame Review and other publications.
Floyd has taught at the Mid-Atlantic Creative Nonfiction Summer Writers Conference at Goucher College, the Paris Writers Workshop, and elsewhere.
He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, Beverly Hallberg, a birder, weaver and landscape painter, whose light-filled works cross between impressionistic and abstracted styles. Her art graces the covers of Floyd's books, Approximately Paradise, The End of Dreams, Selected Poems: 1970-2005, The Snow's Music, and the forthcoming Revertigo. See her birding blog at rivermile14.com and artwork at www.beverlyhallberg.com.
Floyd’s daughter, Rebecca Skloot, is the bestselling author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Crown Books, 2010), winner of the Heartland Prize and Wellcome Trust Book Prize, and named Best Book of 2010 by Amazon.com. Visit her website at www.rebeccaskloot.com.