GUY WITH A WEBSITE
BEST FOOD WRITING
BFW ANTHOLODY 2015, 2014
BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2015, 2017
BEST AMERICAN SPORTS WRITING 2017
IOWA REVIEW NONFICTION PRIZE
2nd, SELECTED BY DAVID SHIELDS. 2014
4 NATIONAL TRAVEL WRITING AWARDS
SOLAS AWARDS 2012, 2011
RANDOLPH COLLEGE NEW YORK MILLS
BEST SOLO COMEDY
SAN FRANCISCO FRINGE FESTIVAL
MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO
Dave Mondy's work has been honored in many genres --
most recently as "Notable" in Best American Essays 2017 & 2015 and in Best American Sports Writing 2017. His literary sportswriting was selected as part of the 2014 Iowa Review Prize and has appeared recently in The Cincinnati Review and Slate; his food writing appears in Best Food Writing 2014 & 2015; his travel writing garnered four national Solas Awards; and his memoir and humor writing, in addition to appearing in many literary magazines, can be heard on various public radio programs (including Prairie Home Companion), as well as live onstage in several nationally-toured solo shows. He is currently at work on a book about the unknown stories and larger cultural ideas behind famous sports photos.
Previously, he created/hosted/produced live theatre and radio shows in Minneapolis, MN -- blending storytelling, drama, and comedy with hip-hop, rock, and cabaret. He also worked for years as a bartender, day care teacher, delivery driver, and general factotum.
He currently teaches Creative Writing, Digital Storytelling, and Business/Technical Writing at the University of Arizona, where he also received his MFA in Creative Nonfiction
(Ander Monson, thesis adviser).
He generally enjoys speaking of himself in the third person.
Jul 07, 2019
Check out Dave's (much praised) visual/text collage -- a review of David Shields' new book in DIAGRAM magazine.
Dec 31, 2018
"Dressed as the Tin Man, handing out party favors at a casino on Dec. 31st, I assumed things wouldn't get worse. Then they confiscated my plastic ax." It's Dave's annual New Year's Eve piece on Essay Daily -- and it's sure to make you feel better about your own.
Jul 10, 2018
Published, with much acclaim, as part of Essay Daily's June 21st project, Dave's tribute to Anthony Bourdain also marks Mondy's first foray into this exciting, new form. Check out the entry on the site, or the PDF here
Dec 31, 2017
Named "Notable" in Best American Sports Writing
And We'll See You Tomorrow Night, Dave's essay in The Cincinnati Review, was already listed as "Notable" in Best American Essays 2017 -- but now, it's exciting to learn it's listed as "Notable" in Best American Sports Writing, too! Read the essay here.
Dec 24, 2017
Arthur Ashe & What We Leave Behind
Dave was once again tabbed for the Christmas Eve slot in Essay Daily's advent calendar. Check out his essay about a great editor and friend -- and also, a great book by John McPhee about a great American tennis champ
Sep 24, 2017
Best American Essays 2017!
For the second time, one of Dave's sports essays has been named as "Notable" by Best American Essays. Check out the story "And We'll See You Tomorrow Night" published in The Cincinnati Review.
Apr 14, 2017
"How We Speak to One Another" is coming out from Coffee House Press & the big release party is happening at Antigone Books. Dave reads from his essay about (unfairly) forgotten knuckleballer, and author, Jim Bouton: the man who changed modern sports writing.
Apr 07, 2017
This one's at the UA Works-In-Progress reading (@EXO) and highlights a recent chapter from the upcoming book about famous sports photos. Check out a bunch of other notable & astounding UA alums, too. See 'em all @6PM.
Feb 25, 2017
"Writing Exercises Your Students Won't Hate" -- Yes, students can actually enjoy generative exercises, if they're structured in a fun but productive way. Find his talk at the upcoming Composition Conference.
Dec 24, 2016
Dave was assigned the highly-prestigious, high-pressure Christmas Eve slot for Essay Daily's advent calendar (failure might have ruined Christmas!). Check it out.
Jun 02, 2016
Proofs approved! Look for Dave's essay in the upcoming anthology from Coffee House Press... the Essay Daily Reader. Read other posts/pieces from Essay Daily here, and here (and an interview with Jonathan Lethem, here)
Mar 11, 2016
Storytelling & Radio in the College Classroom
Dave's presenting a talk at the Composition Conference on using storytelling and podcasting in the college classroom. Also, stick around for a panel afterward on using lessons from Creative Writing classes to help in composition classrooms.
Apr 06, 2016
A reunion with Minneapolis' Rockstar Storytellers finds Dave reading in downtown L.A. during the AWP Conference.
Jan 02, 2016
New essay out in The Cincinnati Review
Check out Dave's highly experimental piece of sportswriting in the latest issue of The Cincinnati Review (PDF here).
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