Born in Québec and raised in Philadelphia, Ned Bachus taught at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf for two years before beginning a 38-year tenure on the faculty at his alma mater, Community College of Philadelphia. As a graduate student at Gallaudet University, he founded and coached the first rugby club for the deaf in the United States, and at CCP he earned awards for service to students, including the Christian and Mary Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.
His stories have appeared in the anthology Meridian Bound and in various literary magazines. Three of his stories were presented in InterAct Theatre‘s Writing Aloud program in Philadelphia, and another one was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He won two fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and was awarded a 2012 artist residency at Cill Rialaig Project in Ireland. His Fleur-de-Lis Press short story collection, City of Brotherly Love, received the 2013 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Gold Medal in literary fiction.
As a songwriter, his work has been published in Sing Out! Magazine, sung on NPR programs, including A Prairie Home Companion, and performed by Claudia Schmidt, Ed Stivender, Lui Collins, and other artists. He continues to provide lead vocals for New Orleans–style “rhythm and roll” band Sacred CowBoys.
Ned and his wife Kathleen live in Camden, Maine.