University of Iowa

Charles Holdefer

Charles Holdefer (M.F.A., The University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop; Ph.D., Sorbonne) is the author of Dick Cheney in Shorts (stories, 2017) and Bookmarked: George Saunders’ Pastoralia (nonfiction, 2018), as well as four novels including The Contractor (2007), which was an American Booksellers Association “Book Sense Pick.” This novel has been translated into several languages. His short fiction won a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in the New England Review, North American Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, Slice and elsewhere. He also writes essays and reviews for New York Journal of Books, Entropy, Dactyl Review, and The Collagist. He teaches at the University of Poitiers, France. Visit him online at



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