Edward J. Delaney
1990 - Present
Professor, Creative Writing (2012-present)
Professor, Journalism/Creative Writing (2005-2012)
Associate Professor, Journalism (1998-2005)
Assistant Professor, Journalism (1990-1998)
Roger Williams University
2011 – Present
Editor, Mount Hope
Mount Hope is a literary journal that publishes twice a year, featuring fiction, nonfiction and poetry.
Roger Williams University
Grub Street Creative Writing Center
Grub Street is a center for the Boston literary community, offering classes and events.
Adjunct professor, journalism
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Gannett Foundation Professional-in-Residence
Spent part of the semester in residence working with students and organizing a three-day journalism event.
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colo.
Chicago Tribune Magazine
The National Sports Daily
New York, NY
Journal Sunday Magazine
The Denver Post
Staff Writer/Bureau Chief
Colorado Springs, Colo.
Lead News Columnist/Special Projects Writer
Marietta Daily Journal/Neighbor Newspapers
Contributing writer, POV Docs
The Nieman Foundation
Assistant Editor, Nieman Journalism Lab
The Acrobat (novel)
Turtle Point Press, Brooklyn, NY
“Imagination meets biography in this novel about Cary Grant. . . . Grant’s life is not the happily-ever-after film where hero and heroine kiss as the credits roll. Instead he is alone and frightened, desperate to be seen, to be heard, to be loved. . . . A beautifully imagined, sympathetic portrait of a flawed icon.”
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“[A] splendid fictional biography of Cary Grant, charting the film star’s path toward an ‘endless conundrum of fame.’. . . Delaney vividly captures the intoxicating and toxic fumes of Hollywood, where ‘egos go to be crushed,’ and presents an alluring amalgam of fact and fiction. Breezy and entertaining, Delaney’s portrait perfectly befits the glamour and fakery of his subject.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A beautifully imagined, sympathetic portrait of a flawed icon."
—The Los Angeles Times
The Big Impossible: Novellas & Stories (collection)
Turtle Point Press, Brooklyn, NY
Follow The Sun (novel)
Turtle Point Press, Brooklyn, NY
-Top 12 Book of 2018, The Quivering Pen
-Big Other "Most Anticipated Small Press Book" selection
Broken Irish (novel)
Turtle Point Press, New York
- Starred Review, Publisher’s Weekly (“Delaney keeps all of the incipient tragedy beautifully and heartbreakingly balanced through artful plotting and an unadorned but graceful prose style.”)
- Starred Review, Library Journal (“A masterpiece”)
- Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews (“a book of remarkable merit”)
- Starred Review, ALA Booklist (“An artfully constructed story”)
- Editors Choice Award as a “best book of 2011” ALA Booklist
- A “best book of 2011,” Robert Birnbaum, ourmaninboston.com
- Overbooked.com "All-Star Fiction” list of only four books of fiction published in 2011 to earn starred reviews from all four major r. review sources (Overbooked.com)
- A “Must Read” selection by the Massachusetts Center For The Book
- Grand Prize winner, 2012 New England Book Fair
- Finalist, 2012 Massachusetts Book Award
- Honorable Mention 2012 Julia Ward Howe Prize, Boston Public Library
Born to Play, by Dustin Pedroia with Edward J. Delaney (nonfiction)
Simon Spotlight Entertainment/Simon & Schuster
Hardcover July 2009; paperback April 2010
Co-author on autobiography of Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who 2007 American League Rookie of the Year and 2008 American League Most Valuable Player.
Warp & Weft (novel)
A segment of this book first appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, November 2001. From Publisher’s Weekly: “Three men slog through days in a New England textile mill and while away the nights in a working-class town in Delaney's quietly lyrical first novel. Delaney portrays the landscape and the milieu with impressionistic grace.”
- Winner of the 2005 PEN/L.L.Winship Award (fiction book of the year by a New England author)
The Drowning & Other Stories (short story collection)
Carnegie Mellon U. Press
“Umbrella Man” (play) (2010)
This full-length play premiered Sept. 9, 2010, as a full Equity production at the Pittsburgh (PA) Playhouse.
Library of the Early Mind, (Feature documentary, 2010)
This feature-length documentary film examines children’s literature, with more than 35 interviews with prominent authors, critics and editors in the field.
The film premiered in Fall 2010 at the Askwith Forums, Harvard Graduate School of Education, sponsored by The Horn Book. It had more than 40 screenings across the country, including at The New York Public Library, American Library Association National Convention, UCLA, Princeton University, RI School of Design, and Children’s Book Week NYC/Scholastic Theater.
The Times Were Never So Bad: The Life of Andre Dubus (Feature documentary, 2007)
Official Selection, 2007 Rhode Island International Film Festival
Official Selection, 2007 New England Film and Video Festival
Official Selection, 2007 Newburyport Documentary Film Festival
Official Selection, 2007 Black Earth Film Festival
Inquiries into the Literature of Advertising (documentary short, 2012)
This short (38-minute) documentary examines advertising as a ‘literary’ form.
Premiered at the American Academy of Advertising National Conference, Hilton Head, S.C., March 2012
Selected Magazine Journalism Publications
The Atlantic, Where Great Writers Are Made, Summer Fiction Issue 2007 – This 6,000-word fact piece for the 2007 Fiction Issue on graduate creative writing programs examines how creative writing programs are evaluated, examining such factors as funding, admissions, pedagogy and ancillary factors.
The Normal School, The Bedlams, Spring 2011 – This 8,000 word journalism-history piece tracks the early days of the penny press in New York City and compares its progenitors – Horace Greeley (New York Tribune), James Gordon Bennett (New York Herald) and Henry Jarvis Raymond (New York Times) to today’s dot.com innovators.
Connecticut Magazine – String Theory, March 2005 - Published this piece on the UConn puppetry program, March 2005. Also shot photographs for the article.
Utne Reader pieces on topics such as the land speculation surrounding a high-profile defense project and high suicide rates among young men in the Arapaho Indian tribe.
Contributing Writer 1987-1990
Wrote numerous fact pieces on culture and issues of the West for this nonprofit environmental/cultural magazine of the Rocky Mountain region, based in Missoula, Montana.
Selected Individual Short Story Publications
The Atlantic, Washington DC, November 2012
Making Literature Matter (anthology), MacMillan Publishing, 6th Edition, 2014
Making Literature Matter (anthology), MacMillan Publishing, 7th Edition, 2018
“The Warp and the Weft”
The Atlantic Monthly, Boston, November 2001
The Atlantic Monthly, Boston, June 1996
The Atlantic Monthly, Boston, March 1994
Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards 1995
Best American Short Stories 1995
Selected Shorts, National Public Radio, broadcast March 1996
“News From the Rodeo”
Cimarron Review, Oklahoma State University, Winter 2008
“My Name is Percy Atkins”
West Branch, Bucknell University, Fall 2007
Alaska Quarterly Review, University of Alaska-Anchorage, 2005
The Ontario Review, Princeton University, Winter 2003-2004
High Plains Literary Quarterly, Denver, Winter, 2002
“A Visit to My Uncle”
Crab Orchard Review, Southern Illinois University, Summer 1996
“Headhunting in the Amazon”
The North Atlantic Review, New York, Spring 1993
“Notes Toward My Absolution”
Greensboro Review, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Winter 1993
“Travels with Mr. Slush”
Greensboro Review, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Fall 1992
“The Trials of Socrates”
Negative Capability, Mobile AL, Spring 1991
“What I Have Noticed”
Carolina Quarterly, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Fall 1991
PEN/L.L. Winship Award in Fiction, 2005 – For “Warp & Weft,” a novel. The PEN/Winship Award honors the year’s best book by a New England writer.
O. Henry Prize Stories, short story writing, 1995 (collection published by Anchor/Doubleday April 1995) “The Drowning”
Best American Short Stories, 1995 (prize collection published by Houghton Mifflin November 1995). “The Drowning”
Finalist, 1995 National Magazine Award for Fiction (part of entry by Atlantic Monthly with stories by Peter Ho Davies and Annie Proulx) “The Drowning”
2008 National Endowment For The Arts Literary Fellowship – Grant in the amount of $25,000 to support fiction projects
Grand Prize Winner, New England Book Festival 2012 – Honors the best New England book of 2011
Selected Shorts - “The Drowning” was the subject of a dramatic reading by actor/author Malachy McCourt in March 1996 at Symphony Space, Broadway, New York City. The performance was broadcast on NPR’s “Selected Shorts” program.
Cited for one of the “100 Distinguished Short Stories of 2005” in Best American Short Stories 2006 for “Medicine,” The Alaska Quarterly Review.
Cited for one of the “100 Distinguished Short Stories of 2001” in Best American Short Stories 2002 for “The Warp and the Weft,” The Atlantic Monthly.
Cited for one of the "100 Distinguished Short Stories of 1996" in Best American Short Stories 1997 for “Conspiracy Buffs,” The Atlantic Monthly.
Cited for one of the "100 Distinguished Short Stories of 1991" in Best American Short Stories 1992 for “What I Have Noticed,” Carolina Quarterly.
Honorable Mention, 2005 Pushcart Prizes, for “Buried Men,” Ontario Review.
Runner-up, 1994 Drue Heinz Literature Prize, University of Pittsburgh Press, for short stories
2012 Rhode Island State Council of the Arts Fiction Fellowship, $5,000
National Education Reporting Award 1988; First Prize, newsfeature category, for a 20,000-word narrative on a year at the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind, Colorado Springs Gazette
Benjamin Fine Awards for Education Writing, Feature Writing, 1988 (School for the Deaf and Blind)
Benjamin Fine Awards for Education Writing, Issue Reporting, 1990 (Early Childhood Intervention, Northern Lights magazine)
2009 Rhode Island State Council of the Arts Film Fellowship, $5,000
2011 Rhode Island State Council of the Arts Film Merit Award, $1,000
First Place, Rhode Island International Film Festival, 2007, Providence Film Festival (regional), for The Times Were Never So Bad: The Life of Andre Dubus
Cited for one of the "100 Distinguished Sports Stories of 1991" in Best American Sports Writing 1992 for Chicago Tribune piece on basketball in the Northern Arapaho Nation, Wind River Reservation, Wyoming.
Finalist, 1988 Penney-Missouri National Journalism Awards, 3-part series in the Gazette on transplant science.
National Aviation & Space Writers Association, prize for feature writing, 1990. “War Games,” 10,000-word narrative series in the Gazette on computer modeling of “Star Wars” defense systems.
Best of the West (All newspapers west of the Mississippi), 2nd place in long-form feature writing, large-newspaper category 1989 (Deaf and Blind School project)
Colorado Press Association Annual Awards: Eight awards (three 1sts) in three categories (Feature writing, spot news coverage, column writing) 1986-1990
Colorado Associated Press Annual Awards: Four awards in three categories; 1st place series writing in 1989 and 1990.
College of Communication
M.S., Mass Communications 1982
Charles F. Dolan School of Business
B.S., Finance 1979