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Curriculum Vitae

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

Bristol, R.I.


2011 – Present

Editor, Mount Hope

Mount Hope is a literary journal that publishes twice a year, featuring fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

Roger Williams University

Bristol, R.I.




Grub Street Creative Writing Center

Grub Street is a center for the Boston literary community, offering classes and events.

Boston MA


Adjunct professor, journalism

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs


Spring 1989

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.

Daily Newspapers


Chicago Tribune Magazine

Chicago, Ill.

Contributing Writer


The National Sports Daily

New York, NY

Contributing Writer


Providence Journal

Journal Sunday Magazine

Providence, RI

Contributing Writer


The Denver Post

Denver, Colo. 

Staff Writer/Bureau Chief


The Gazette

Colorado Springs, Colo.

Lead News Columnist/Special Projects Writer



The Sun

Hollywood, Fla.

Staff Writer



Marietta Daily Journal/Neighbor Newspapers

Atlanta, Ga.

Staff Writer

Digital Journalism



Contributing writer, POV Docs


The Nieman Foundation

Harvard University

Assistant Editor, Nieman Journalism Lab

Cambridge, MA




The Acrobat (novel)

Turtle Point Press, Brooklyn, NY

November 2022

“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

September 2019


Follow The Sun (novel)

Turtle Point Press, Brooklyn, NY

June 2018

      -Top 12 Book of 2018, The Quivering Pen

      -Big Other "Most Anticipated Small Press Book" selection


Broken Irish (novel)

Turtle Point Press, New York

Oct. 2011

      - 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,

      - "All-Star Fiction” list of only four books of fiction published in 2011 to earn starred reviews from all four major r.           review sources (

     - 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) 

Permanent, NY

January 2004

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

January 2000



“Umbrella Man” (play) (2010) 


This full-length play premiered Sept. 9, 2010, as a full Equity production at the Pittsburgh (PA) Playhouse. 


Documentary films


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 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. 


Northern Lights

Missoula, MT

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

“Conspiracy Buffs”

 The Atlantic Monthly, Boston, June 1996

“The Drowning”

 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

“Buried Men”

 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




Fiction Writing:


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

Journalism/ Film:

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.



Higher Education


Boston University

College of Communication

Boston, Mass.

M.S., Mass Communications 1982


Fairfield University

Charles F. Dolan School of Business

Fairfield, Conn.

B.S., Finance 1979

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