David Shields (born July 22, 1956) is an American writer and filmmaker who uses collage to destabilize genre. He is the author of twenty-two books, including Reality Hunger and The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead and the director of Lynch: A History. Shields’s fiction and nonfiction have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, Esquire, Yale Review, and dozens of other publications.A Guggenheim Fellow, twice an NEA Fellow, a PEN Revson Award winner, a finalist for the National Book Critics’ Circle Award and the PEN USA Award, and a senior contributing editor of Conjunctions, Shields is a visiting professor in the Warren Wilson College Low-Residency MFA Program and in Vermont College of Fine Arts’s Low-Residency MFA Program. Since 2010, he has been the Milliman Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the University of Washington.
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