Bruce Pratt
The Serpents of Blissfull Maine writer Bruce Pratt

Bruce Pratt

Bruce Pratt’s novel, The Serpents of Blissfull, was published by Mountain State Press in 2011. A 2008 Pushcart Award nominee, he won the 2007 Andre Dubus Award, and has been a finalist for several other prizes and awards. His short fiction has appeared in The Greensboro Review, The Boston Fiction Annual Review, The Dos Passos Review, Briar Cliff Review, Portland Magazine, The Dalhousie Review, and dozens of other journals, magazines, and anthologies.

Pratt’s poetry collection, Boreal, is available from Antrim House Books. He is the winner of the 2007 Ellipsis Prize in poetry and a finalist for the Erskine J. Poetry award from Smartish Pace. His poems have appeared in The Book of Villanelles from Knopf’s Everyman Series, the anthology Only Connect (Cinnamon Press, Wales), Smartish Pace, Puckerbrush Review, The Hiram Poetry Review, The Naugatuck Review, and many similar publications in the United States and abroad.

His nonfiction has appeared in The Truth About the Fact anthology, Yale Anglers’ Journal, Vermont Literary Review, The Hartford Courant, Bangor Daily News, Salty Dog, Bangor Metro, and Portland Magazine.

Pratt's short play, Electrolysis, was performed at the 2008 Maine Short Play Festival, and was included in the Second Annual Northern Writes Festival. His short play, Polygamy, appeared in Literal Latte in 2009. Barter, a one-act play, was included in the 2010 Maine Play Festival and the Northern Writes Festival, where it won an audience choice award. Wednesday? was featured in the 2010 0-60 Longwood Play Festival in Virginia, and Words and Wine in New York City. Beaching, a ten-minute play, was part of the 2011 Northern Writes Festival and won the audience choice award. Schubert’s Monkey was one of three short plays chosen for the 2012 Northern Writes New Works Festival, and Memories of Paradise will appear in Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature and in the 2013 Maine Play Festival.

Pratt edits American Fiction and is the past Director of the Northern Writes Project at Penobscot Theatre Company. He graduated from Franklin and Marshall College with a BA in Religious Studies, the University of Maine with an MA in English, and the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing program with a degree in creative writing. He and his wife, Janet, live in Eddington, Maine.