Writer; teacher of writing.  Born–Lima, Peru, 1977.  Moved to Birmingham at the age of three.  Married– Carolina Guerreo. Children– two.  Education– Indian Springs School; Columbia University, B.A. in anthropology, 1999; Iowa Writers’ Workshop, M. F. A., 2003.  Author of short stories published in The New Yorker and other periodicals; visiting scholar/writer at several institutions including Mills College, UCBerkeley, California College of the Arts and the Headlands Center for the Arts. Fellow of the UCBerkeley School of Journalism.  PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award, 2006; Guggenheim Fellowship, 2008; Alabama Library Association Award for Fiction, 2008.  Co-founded the podcast Radio Ambulante, broadcast in several countries.


“Daniel Alarcon:  Writing North, Pointing South,” Washington Post, July 23, 2006.


At Night We Walk in Circles.  Riverhead Books, 2013.

Ciudad de Paxasous.  Lima, Peru:  Alfaguara, 2010.

Lost City Radio.  Harper, 2007.

The Secret Miracle:  The Novelist’s Handbook.  Henry Holt, 2010.

War by Candlelight:  Stories.  Harper, 2006.