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Alan Heathcock’s VOLT was a “Best Book” selection from numerous newspapers and magazines, including GQ, Publishers Weekly, Salon, the Chicago Tribune, and Cleveland Plain Dealer, was named as a New York Times Editors’ Choice, selected as a Barnes and Noble Best Book of the Month, as well as a finalist for the Barnes and Noble Discover Prize.  Heathcock has won a Whiting Award, the GLCA New Writers Award, a National Magazine Award, has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Lannan Foundation, and the Idaho Commission on the Arts.  A native of Chicago, he lives and works in Boise, Idaho.


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Alan on KOMO (ABC news, Seattle, Washington)

Alan on KTVB (NBC morning news, Boise–Doug Petcash)

Alan on KTVB (NBC midday news, Boise–Carolyn Holly)

Alan on IPTV (PBS Dialog with Marcia Franklin)

Alan reads from The Grapes of Wrath for Banned Book Week

Alan reading live at Brooklyn Book Festival 2011

Video tour of the VOLT-mobile on TNBBB

Alan on KTVB’s Viewpoint



Alan featured on The Huffington Post

Alan interviewed on The Writers Block (July 29th, 2010)

Alan profiled on Art & Soul

Alan interviewed on The Write Question (Montana Public Radio)

“Three Books to Take to a Fist Fight” on NPR’s All Things Considered

Alan interviewed on The Writers Block (June 2, 2011)

Alan on NPR’s All Things Considered: “You Must Read This”

Alan reads “Sreetlamps” for Oklahoma Public Radio

 “The Magic of Music…” essay on NPR’s All Things Considered

“A Poem a Day…” essay on NPR’s All Things Considered

Alan on Other People with Brad Listi

Alan on The Readers’ Corner with Bob Kustra

Alan interviewed on Marfa (Texas) Public Radio

Alan on The Writers’ Block (October 16th, 2012)

Alan on Inside Creative Writing



Alan featured in the Boise Weekly

Alan’s essay “Why I Write:…” on The Bird Sisters

Alan featured in Publishers Weekly

Alan interviewed on The Mind Adrift in the West

Alan interviews himself in The Nervous Breakdown

Alan’s VOLT-inspired music playlist on Largehearted Boy

Alan profiled in the Idaho Mountain Express

Alan interviewed on Bookslut

Alan interviewed on New West

Alan interviewed on The Short Review

Alan interviewed in The Magazine of Yoga

Alan writes about Joyce Carol Oates in Beatrice

Alan interviewed in Psychology Today

The VOLT-mobile profiled on Another View From the Keyboard

Alan reveals how he became a writer: The Quivering Pen

Alan interviewed on Finding Meaning With Words

Alan interviewed in Full-Stop magazine

Alan’s essay “The Valor of Story” on Bravo! The Project

Alan’s essay “Three Books to Take to a Fist Fight” on NPR

Alan’s essay “When I Fell in Love” on Three Guys One Book

Alan’s essay on the story “Leave” by Siobhan Fallon on

Alan interviewed in Boise City Revue

Alan interviewed in Barrelhouse Magazine

Alan on “Influences, Human Frailty, Structure, God, and Story”:

Alan writes his “Imaginary Oklahoma” for This Land Press

Alan tells a ghost story “The Pines” in Boise City Revue

Alan writes about essential Idaho literature for Tin House magazine

Alan writers about his influences for the Reader’s Almanac

Alan writes about his artistic process for The Story Prize

Alan interviewed in Bark Magazine

Alan details a typical writing day on Catching Days

Alan interviewed in the BSU Arbitor

Alan interviewed on The Writers House blog

Alan’s spring book recs on the Barnes & Noble Review

Alan names his TOP 10 favorite short stories for Storyville

Alan’s short story “The Born Agains” published in VQR

Alan interviewed in Mayday Magazine

Alan on “Patience” in Litstack

Alan profiled in the Treasure Valley Magazine (Idaho Statesman)

Okkervil River vs. VOLT on Big Other

VOLT annotated on Annotation Nation

Alan profiled on the NEA Writers’ Corner

Alan writes about his film influences on Fort Apache Film Blog

Alan talks w/ Ben Fountain in the Barnes and Noble Review

Alan featured in the Boise State Arbiter

Alan featured in BGSU Alumni Magazine

Alan interviewed in Whole Beast Rag

Alan interviewed in Lunch Ticket


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