Contact: Gabe Hudson

Some Honors and Awards

◊ Named one of Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists
◊ PEN/Hemingway Finalist
◊ Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters
◊ Princeton University’s Hodder Fellowship
◊ One of GQ’s Ten Best Books of the Year
◊ A St. Louis Post-Dispatch Best Book of the Year
◊ A Village Voice Best Book of the Year
◊ Grant, The Asia Research Fund
◊ Brown University's John Hawkes Prize in Fiction
◊ A New York Times New and Noteworthy Paperback


Gabe Hudson's first book, Dear Mr. President (Knopf), a story collection about the Persian Gulf War, has been translated into seven languages. Since its publication, Dear Mr. President has become a modern-day classic of war literature and is often taught alongside Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, Heller’s Catch-22, and O’Brien’s The Things They Carried. Hudson received his M.F.A. from Brown University and served as a rifleman in the Marine Corps Reserve.

His writing has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Village Voice, Granta, McSweeney’s, Black Book, and The New Yorker. He was a contributing writer for HBO's book Six Feet Under: Better Living Through Death.

Hudson taught at Princeton University from 2004-2007. He is now an assistant professor at Yonsei University’s Underwood International College in Seoul, Korea, where he chairs the country’s first creative writing program. He is an editor-at-large for McSweeney’s.

He has visited the following countries: North Korea, Norway, Thailand, Japan, Germany, South Korea, Spain, England, France, Belgium, Vietnam and China.

He has read and performed at venues and colleges all across America. He grew up in Austin, TX, and Raleigh, NC.

What Others Are Saying

“Beyond their great narrative propulsion and their astonishing but always balanced surreality and humor, Gabe Hudson’s stories have a crucial and rare thing: soul. He’s an important writer.” — Dave Eggers, author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and What is the What

“Mr. Hudson’s style goes from zero to one hundred MPH in the first sentence. Faster than a Road Runner cartoon, he reminds us war can be funny as hell.” — Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club and Choke

“Hudson is an amazingly gifted writer. His stories are brilliant and sort of crazy but also really smart about his characters.” — Chang-rae Lee, Princeton University, author of Native Speaker and A Gesture Life

“Hudson is one of the most exciting and innovative young American writers today.” — Joyce Carol Oates, Princeton University, author of We Were the Mulvaneys and The Gravedigger’s Daughter

“Hudson writes crazed, energetic stories full of mayhem and heart. This collection summons up a funny, troubling image of America the Invader, clumsily enforcing its will with a high-tech army of narcissists and neurotics.” — George Saunders, author of Pastoralia and In Persuasion Nation

“A classic, it is war literature in its prime. Hudson weaves incredibly humorous and still troubling stories from…Operation Desert Storm, forsaking the mundane for character depth. It works perfectly. In my opinion, it is the best book to come from that war.” — John Crawford, New York Times Bestselling author of The Last True Story I’ll Ever Tell: An Accidental Soldier’s Account of the War in Iraq

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