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Holly & Bruce Holbert

Bruce Holbert earned an MFA in creative writing from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he held a Teaching Writing Fellowship. His second novel, The Hour of Lead, was a Kirkus Best Book for 2014 and won the 2015 Washington State Book Award for fiction. Bruce has worked for thirty years as a high school teacher. Holly Holbert graduated from Eastern Washington University with a degree in geography and elementary education. She and Bruce met there and were married in 1985. They have three children and live on six acres overlooking Long Lake on the Spokane River.

A Grandson by Bruce Holbert: An Excerpt from Thank You, Teacher, edited by Holly & Bruce Holbert

In the late summer of 1988, at the end of a historic drought, I entered the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop. A tawny sky fastened to ochre earth, and the cooked yellow lawns and gardens slipped into one another like oils on a palette colored dry. I...

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