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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Kent Haruf  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction

Born: February 24, 1943 in Pueblo, Colorado


Illinois Connection

Haruf lived in Murphysboro and retired from teaching at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Biographical and Professional Information

Before becoming a writer, Kent Haruf worked in many places, including a chicken farm in Colorado, a construction site in Wyoming, a rehabilitation hospital in Denver, a hospital in Phoenix, a presidential library in Iowa, an alternative high school in Wisconsin and as an English teacher with the Peace Corps in Turkey. From 1986 - 1991, he was an assistant professor at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska and an associate professor at Southern Illinois Universtiy in Carbondale, Illinois from 1991- 2000.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- '''''The Tie That Binds''''' *Whiting Award for Fiction, 1986 *Citation, Pen/Hemingway Foundation '''''Plainsong''''' *Mountains & Plains Booksellers Award *Maria Thomas Award in Fiction *Finalist, National Book Award, 1999 *Finalist, Los Angeles Times Book Prize *Finalist, The New Yorker Book Award '''''Where You Once Belonged''''' *Finalist, Book Sense Award, 2005 '''''Eventide''''' *Colorado Book Award, 2005 '''''Benediction''''' *Shortlisted, Folio Prize, 2014 '''Other Awards