Thanks for visiting me here. Behind my home in Asheville, I have a hut: well-insulated and nicely heated and cooled, furnished and lighted, carpeted and set up with bookshelves and file cabinets. I like being out here. It’s tucked into the woods above a bend of the Swannanoa River; it’s benevolently guarded by a large, old redbud tree, the very one you see in the seasonal photos on the headers of this website.
I’m a lucky, lucky writer to have my own space for writing. What more could I possibly ask for? Well…
I ask that you give consideration to reading my work. If you like my books, I ask that you recommend them to your friends and family members, to your local bookstore and local library – and, perhaps, your local reading series or book club. I dream of having three or four occasions each year, in which I am live or online among the readers of my work and can engage with you in a dialogue for which my fiction and poetry is a mere starting point.
I’m a lucky, lucky writer to have this website for getting out the news of my poetry and fiction. I could not ever ask for more than you: a single reader making the effort to find me here, to explore information about my work, to value it, to advocate for it.
Kevin McIlvoy has published five novels, A Waltz (Lynx House Press), The Fifth Station (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill; paperback, Collier/Macmillan), Little Peg (Atheneum/Macmillan; paperback, Harper Perennial), Hyssop (TriQuarterly Books; paperback, Avon), At the Gate of All Wonder (Tupelo Press); and a short story collection, The Complete History of New Mexico (Graywolf Press). His sixth novel, One Kind Favor, will be published by WTAW Press in 2021. His short fiction has appeared in Harper’s, Southern Review, Ploughshares, Missouri Review, and other literary magazines. His short-short stories and prose poems have appeared in The Scoundrel, The Collagist, Pif, Kenyon Review Online, The Cortland Review, Prime Number, r.k.v.r.y, Waxwing, and various online literary magazines. A collection of his prose poems and short-short stories, 57 Octaves Below Middle C, has been published by Four Way Books (October 2017). He has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in fiction. For twenty-seven years he was fiction editor and editor in chief of the national literary magazine, Puerto del Sol. He taught in the Warren Wilson College MFA Program in Creative Writing from 1987 to 2019; he taught as a Regents Professor of Creative Writing in the New Mexico State University MFA Program from 1981 to 2008. He has served as a fiction faculty member at national conferences, including the Ropewalk Writing Conference (Indiana), the Rising Stars Writing Conference (Arizona State University), the Writers at Work (Utah) Conference, and the Bread Loaf Writing Conference (Vermont). He has been a manuscript consultant for University of Nevada Press, University of Arizona Press, University of New Mexico Press, Indiana State University Press, University of Missouri Press, and other publishers. From 2017-2020 he served as a fiction editor for Orison Books. He served on the Board of Directors of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses and the Association of Writers and Writing Programs. He has lived in Asheville, North Carolina since 2008.