The Lost Son and the collection Are We Not Men?, chosen by the editors of The Village Voice as the best book of its year. His most recent book, a memoir about his father’s mysterious life and death, is Rattlesnake Daddy: A Son’s Search for His Father, winner of the Little Bluestem Award and the Nebraska Book Award. The recipient of the Stegner Fellowship, the Jones Lectureship from Stanford, the Michener Award from Iowa, and the Distinguished Artist Award from the Nebraska Arts Council, his work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, GQ, River Teeth, Best American Mystery Stories, McSweeney's Online, and elsewhere. He is the Director of Creative Writing and Coordinator of Film Studies at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.
Brent is teaching a Weeklong Memoir Workshop at this year's conference called, Life Writing: A Workshop on Memoir. "Artists sometimes take "Life Drawing," a course that has students draw the human figure based on a live model. In "Life Writing" we'll focus on writing about life--yours or someone else's."