Sterling Watson



Sterling Watson is the author of seven novels: Fighting in the Shade; Sweet Dream Baby; Deadly Sweet; Blind Tongues; The Calling; Weep No More, My Brother; and Suitcase City. Dennis Lehane described Fighting in the Shade as “a brilliant, fearless look at the savage rites of passage that exist in the fraternity of American sports, a book as gripping and unforgettable as any in recent memory.” Sterling is the recipient of three Florida Fine Arts Council Awards for Fiction Writing. His short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Prairie Schooner; The Georgia Review; The Los Angeles Times Book Review; Gulfstream Magazine; The Michigan Quarterly Review; The Chattahoochee Review; and The Southern Review. He has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. The Peter Meinke Emeritus Professor of Creative Writing and Literature at Eckerd College, he co-directed the Writers in Paradise Conference with Dennis Lehane for 11 years.  He now teaches in the Solstice MFA Program at Pine Manor College in Boston.  His seventh novel, Suitcase City, was published by Akashic Books in 2015.  Of Suitcase City, Tom Franklin said, “If this taut literary crime novel doesn’t center Sterling Watson on the map, we should change the maps.”