David Guterson was born in Seattle on May 4, 1956. He was educated at the University of Washington, where he graduated summa cum laude as an English major in 1978, and where he received his Master’s degree in Creative Writing in 1982 and his Teaching Certificate in 1983.During his university years, Guterson worked in restaurant kitchens and for the U.S. Forest Service. In 1984, he began teaching high school English on Bainbridge Island in Washington State. Simultaneously he began to work as a freelance journalist and became a contributing editor to Harper’s magazine.Guterson’s many awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the White Award for Journalism, the Washington State Governor’s Writers Award, the Swedish Academy Crime Writers’ Award, the American Booksellers Association Book of the Year Award, the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for Snow Falling on Cedars.Guterson is the co-founder of Field’s End, a writer’s community, and in 1998 established the David Guterson Award for MFA students in Creative Writing at the University of Washington. He is currently the author of 11 books of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry and lives on Bainbridge Island, in Washington State.