Artist Profile

Reno, Nevada

Brad Summerhill

Summerhill, Brad

Brad Summerhill is the author of the novel Gambler’s Quartet (Virginia Avenue Press 2010). His short stories have appeared in Red Rock Review, The Nevada Review, Aethlon, South Dakota Review, Reno News & Review and elsewhere. His fiction appears in the forthcoming anthology Just To Watch Him Die, an assembly of stories based on the famous Johnny Cash lyric from the song “Folsom Prison Blues.” His essays and book reviews have appeared in Tampa Review, The Missouri Review, Virginia Journal and elsewhere. He is a professor of English at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada. His work has received recognition and/or financial support from Nevada Arts Council, Arkansas Arts Council, New Century Writer, Chesterfield Writer’s Film Project and Lily Peter Foundation.

Summerhill grew up in Reno, Nevada, where he lives with his wife and children. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the University of Arkansas. Summerhill has taught creative writing workshops at three colleges and in the Arkansas Writers in the Schools program.

Language Proficiencies
English
Counties Served
Statewide
Preferred Groups/Populations
College, Adult, Senior Citizen, Schools (grades 8-12)
Venues
Any venue
Program/Residency Activity Descriptions: Schools/Communities
Readings, creative fiction and nonfiction workshops. “I love fiction as a reader and a writer. I struggle to keep a fresh mind to the possibilities of narrative language. At its best, a novel or short story has a hypnotic telepathy of its own, a separate and distinct language. It will strip away the layers of a character’s or narrator’s personality to reveal what is both unique and universal. Sharing, creating or reliving experience can be powerful. Writing is a chance to examine your essential self while confronting the politics, emotions, glories and corruptions of the human world. A good story is an escape, a vacation in a foreign terrain populated by familiar strangers and odd companions. The word images of poets and writers don’t instruct us about life but often reflect patterns and insights. Whenever I can experience the world, even for a moment, from another person’s perspective, I have gained something of value. On the other hand, I revel in the fact that I devote myself to a form of play that is, essentially, quite useless and unproductive. Maybe also necessary.”