William Tanner Vollmann

William Tanner Vollmann is an American novelist, journalist, war correspondent, short story writer, and essayist. Fearless, ambitious, and wildly original, Vollmann has been lionized as one of the most significant and influential voices in contemporary postmodernist literature.

He seven volume essay Rising Up and Rising Down was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in nonfiction. In 1999, The New Yorker named Vollmann one of the 20 best American writers under the age of 40. He won the 2005 National Book Award for Fiction for the novel Europe Central. Vollman’s writing has been published in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Paris Review, Esquire, Conjunctions, Granta, and many other magazines. He lives in California.

Vollmann was born in Los Angeles and completed his B.A. in comparative literature at Cornell University. He lives in Sacramento, California, with his wife and their daughter.