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Almond graduated from Henry M. Gunn High School.
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Almond went to Wesleyan University, where he got his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1988.
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Almond also received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
(The first collection of twelve powerful stories that take...)
The first collection of twelve powerful stories that takes a clear-eyed view of relationships between young men and women who have come of age in an era without innocence, My Life in Heavy Metal received tremendous acclaim in hardcover. In the past year, Almond has won a Pushcart Prize and been a finalist for the National Magazine Award.
(Steve Almond offers a comic and forlorn portrait of these...)
Steve Almond offers a comic and forlorn portrait of these United States: our lust for fame, our racial tensions, the toll of perpetual war, and the pursuit of romantic happiness. In the exuberant title story, a hapless would-be actor, desperate to escape the drudgery of his existence, lands the role of a lifetime. In "Donkey Greedy, Donkey Gets Punched," reprinted in Best American Short Stories, a psychoanalyst with a secret gambling addiction squares off over the poker table against a damaged ex-patient. In "First Date Back," a young woman becomes the target of a traumatized soldier’s misguided hopes for love. And "A Dream of Sleep," the collection’s final story, presents a grief-stricken refugee who tends the graves of a forgotten cemetery, only to have his fragile peace shattered by an unwelcome visitor. Each of these thirteen stories is an urgent investigation of America’s soul, its particular suffering, its injustices, its possibilities for redemption.
Almond graduated from Henry M. Gunn High School, and then went to Wesleyan University, where he got his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1988. He also received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Almond spent seven years as a newspaper reporter, mostly in El Paso and at the Miami New Times. His first book, My Life in Heavy Metal, established him as a talented writer of short stories and won him a devoted readership. In the collection, Almond explores his fascination with sex, contemporary life, and the connections people make or fail to make with one another in their quest for self-fulfillment. Reviewers commented on Almond's fresh approach to writing about sex, an approach that transcends the physical.
The story "How to Love a Republican" turns the 2000 presidential campaign into satire when Billy, a Democrat, meets Darcy, a Republican, while campaigning for the New Hampshire primary. Darcy is campaigning for John McCain, and he for Al Gore, who, writes Almond, "was on CNN, imitating someone made of flesh." Billy and Darcy's political differences call to mind those between real-life pundits James Carville and Mary Matalin, and the narrator ascertains that their political differences even carry over to their sexual practices. Numerous critics voiced their appreciation of Almond's language, and his eye for contemporary culture.
Almond reached a broader audience with his second book, Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America, which combined his personal reflections with a history of candy and a description of his travels around America to visit various candy landmarks.
Candyfreak had its genesis in a professional slump Almond experienced after publishing My Life in Heavy Metal. Depressed, he began eating a great deal of candy, and he recalled the ways candy had soothed him as a child. He began visiting candy factories while working on an article on the candy heritage of Boston; before long, he was flying to obscure locations around America to visit regional candy manufacturers and taste their unique offerings. What began as a straightforward history evolved into a personal odyssey.
Almond again showed his talent for short stories in his third publication, The Evil B.B. Chow and Other Stories. A reviewer for Publishers Weekly called this book a "sexy, fast-paced second collection" that is distinguished by the author's "easy, natural storytelling." The subjects include a writing instructor who is seduced by a group of students during his office hour, a blind date, and an account of a love that involves a prosthetic eye.
Almond teamed with author Julianna Baggott to create Which Brings Me to You: A Novel in Confessions, a novel about two would-be lovers who, after one passionate encounter in a coat room, decide that before becoming involved any further, they will detail their romantic pasts in a series of letters. Entertainment Weekly contributor Jennifer Armstrong called it a successful blend "of sweet and sour, of heart-welling romance and smart-ass banter."
Almond is a regular correspondent on NPR's Here & Now and on WGBH, both based in Boston. On October 27, 2011, Almond appeared as a guest on the podcast WTF with Marc Maron. Almond also hosted a live interview podcast series with Hallelujah the Hills band leader Ryan Walsh entitled "This Has Been A Disaster - Thanks For Having Us." During an interview with Newsmax TV on January 28, 2014, Almond encouraged the public to join him in boycotting the Super Bowl because of the risks involved to the players, with respect to brain injuries. Almond co-hosted the Dear Sugars podcast for four years with Cheryl Strayed.
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Almond served as an adjunct professor in creative writing at Boston College for five years until publishing an open letter of resignation in The Boston Globe on May 12, 2006, in which he explained that his resignation was intended to protest the selection of Condoleezza Rice as the college's 2006 commencement guest speaker. He later appeared on the Hannity & Colmes show on Fox News to discuss his decision. Almond is a regular contributor to The New York Times Magazine's Riff section and to the literary website The Rumpus, where he writes frequently about the intersection of morality and politics titled "The Week in Greed."
Almond lives in Arlington, Massachusetts, with his wife and three children.