Paul Shepherd is former Writer in Residence and Kingsbury Fellow at Florida State University, where he earned a PhD with distinction. He attended the University of Virginia, UNC-Chapel Hill, and UNC-Greensboro. His work has appeared in Crazyhorse, Fiction, Omni, Prairie Schooner, William and Mary Review, Folio, Pacific Review, US Catholic, St. Anthony Messenger, Portland Review, the Quarterly, Beloit Fiction, Maryland Review, and elsewhere. He has served as Senior Editor of International Quarterly, and as faculty advisor to award-winning college newspapers and literary magazines.
Paul has taught college classes in creative writing, magazine and newspaper writing, and modern literature. He speaks on a variety of topics (see details on the "reading tour" page).
More Like Not Running Away was a finalist for the Associated Writing Programs Award in the the Novel, the Bakeless Prize, and twice for the James Jones prizes.
He has written a book of poetry, Abide With Me, and additional two novels, for which he is seeking publication.
He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he is now director of tennis instruction and junior team programs at the University of Virginia. He also works on ski patrol at Wintergreen Resort.
His wife, Lois Shepherd, is the Wallenborn Professor of Biomedical Ethics, Professor of Public Health Sciences, and Professor of Law at the University of Virginia. They have three children, Max, Summer, and Charlie.