The University of Iowa

Charles Holdefer

Charles Holdefer (M.F.A., The University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop; Ph.D., Sorbonne) is the author of five novels, including Bring Me the Head of Mr. Boots (2019) and The Contractor (2007), which was an American Booksellers Association “Book Sense Pick.” His latest collection of short fiction, Agitprop for Bedtime, is forthcoming in 2020. His has won a Pushcart Prize and his stories have appeared in the New England Review, North American Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, Slice, and elsewhere. He also writes essays and reviews, and teaches at the University of Poitiers, France. Visit him online at


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