Born in Quebec and raised in Philadelphia, Ned Bachus taught at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf for two years before beginning a 38-year career on the faculty at his alma mater, Community College of Philadelphia. As a graduate student at Gallaudet College (now Gallaudet University), he founded and coached the first rugby club for the Deaf in the United States. A founding member of Blackthorn Rugby Football Club, Bachus has been inducted into the Blackthorn RFC Hall of Fame. At Community College of Philadelphia, he won multiple teaching awards, including the Christian and Mary Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. He was named honorary member of Alpha Sigma Pi, a Deaf fraternity, and of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.
Bachus’s Fleur-de-Lis Press book of short stories, City of Brotherly Love, received a 2013 IPPY Gold Medal for Literary Fiction. His fiction has been anthologized, published in literary magazines, and presented at the Writing Aloud Series at Philadelphia’s InterAct Theatre, and has earned him two fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and a residency at Ireland’s Cill Rialaig Project, where he began writing Open Admissions: What Teaching at Community College Taught Me About Learning.
Author, contributor to Chronicle of Higher Education, and University of Connecticut professor Gina Barreca has called Open Admissions (Wild River Books, October 2017) “brilliant, engaging, and instructive….A must read, not only for those who teach at community colleges or at public institutions, but for all teachers and administrators.”
A singer-songwriter, his songs have been recorded by numerous artists and performed on National Public Radio programs including A Prairie Home Companion. He sings and plays percussion as a member of the Louisiana-style roots rock band Sacred CowBoys.
Bachus serves on the board of the MidCoast Recovery Coalition and cooks on Fridays at St. Bernard’s Soup Kitchen in Rockland. He and his wife Kathleen live in Camden, Maine.