Perry Glasser

Perry Glasser (CNF, Fiction) | Haverhill, MA

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Perry Glasser is the author of Riverton Noir, the crime “novel of exaggeration and ribaldry. Big, vibrant, laugh-out-loud funny, fearless about sex and violence, which in Riverton can seem like the same thing.” Dangerous Places, a collection of short fiction, received the 2008 G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize from BkMk Press at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In 2009 the book was named the recipient of the National “Best Books 2009” Award–Fiction & Literature: Short Story Fiction by USA Book News. Two novellas were featured in Next Stop Hollywood, a collection of fiction from St. Martin’s Press in 2007. He has also published two prior collections of short fiction, Suspicious Origins (St. Paul: New Rivers Press) and Singing on the Titanic (Urbana and Chicago: The University of Illinois Press), a book recorded by the Library of Congress for the blind. His work has twice been read on National Public Radio’s “The Sound of Writing” and has three times won P.E.N. Syndicated Fiction Awards. He has been named at fellow at Norman Mailer House, Ucross, Yaddo and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, was a scholar at Bread Loaf, and in consecutive years was named a winner of the annual Boston Fiction Festival prize. His memoir, Iowa Black Dirt, about being a single parent, won First Prize in a contest sponsored by The Good Men Foundation, and appears in that anthology. In 2012 he was named a Fellow in Creative Nonfiction by the Massachusetts Arts Council


Metamemoirs (Outpost19, 2012). Memoir. CNF
Riverton Noir (Gival Press, 2012). Gival Press Novel Award. Fiction.
Dangerous Places (BkMk Press, 2009). G.S Sharat Chandra Prize. Short Stories. Fiction.

Singing on the Titanic (University Of Illinois Press, 1987). Short Stories. Fiction.
Suspicious Origins (New Rivers Press, 1983). Minnesota Voices Project Competition Award. Short Stories. Fiction.

Press & Reviews

In Riverton Noir, Perry Glasser browbeats high and low brow art into a work of sublime halftone pulp picture printing, shading stuttered shadows with the darker side of your so-called comic book. His pointillistic prose pops like Pop Art, but it is as pleasing as all get out in all that it knows and shows.
—Michael Martone, author of Four for a Quarter

“It is one thing to write a crackling yarn; the literary woods are full of gripping stories. But it is quite another thing to deliver that story as Perry Glasser has done in Riverton Noir: it’s a riveting tale, all right, but its prose is a crackler in its own right. When I consider the style of this first-rate novelist, I start conjuring one of America’s truly great writers, Raymond Chandler. Glasser is in the same league when it comes to dialogue, description, humor and character development. Riverton Noir will leave you breathless as narrative, awed as pure writing.”
—Sydney Lea, Vermont Poet Laureate

“High school is eternal, someone has said, and Riverton High is high school on steroids, the horniest high school in the history of American fiction. Perry Glasser brings the nitty and the gritty to this novel of exaggeration and ribaldry. Big, vibrant, laugh-out-loud funny, it is also fearless about sex and violence, which in Riverton can seem like the same thing. Don’t worry, the novel’s structure and theme are carefully controlled by ‘the Dreamer,’ not to mention the laws of modern physics, and Glasser’s sentences, among such seeming chaos, are marvels of clarity. This should be the author’ s break-out book.”
—Kelly Cherry, author of We Can Still Be Friends, Poet Laureate of Virginia

“No graphic novel ever carved such shapely, scary, sexy shadows as Riverton Noir! No magic realism ever assembled such a Land o’Goshen, with scuzzballs and cutie-pies, Happy Days and Mean Streets, zombies (sort of) and deep thinkers. Perry Glasser has stolen the cogitations of David Foster Wallace, the worrying over self-consciousness and what’s actually out there, and grafted them to tough-guy eroticism of Marvel comics. The energy’s sky-high, the verbal pleasure’s unending, and the American crime novel has notched a new benchmark.”
—John Domini, judge for the 2011 Gival Press Novel Award and author of A Tomb on the Periphery

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