Peter Rock

Peter Rock was born and raised in Salt Lake City. His most recent novel The Night Swimmers was longlisted for the PEN/Faulkner award; it involves open water swimming, fatherhood, psychic photography and the use of isolation tanks as a means to inhabit the past. He is also the author of the novels SPELLS, Klickitat, The Shelter Cycle, My Abandonment, The Bewildered, The Ambidextrist, Carnival Wolves and This Is the Place, as well as a story collection, The Unsettling. Rock attended Deep Springs College, received a BA in English from Yale University, and held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. He has taught fiction at the University of Pennsylvania, Yale, Deep Springs College, and in the MFA program at San Francisco State University. His stories and freelance writing have both appeared and been anthologized widely, and his books published in various countries and languages. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, an Alex Award and others, he currently lives in Portland, Oregon, where he is a Professor in the English Department of Reed College. Leave No Trace, the film adaptation of My Abandonment, directed by Debra Granik, premiered at Sundance and Cannes and was released to critical acclaim in 2018.



  • The Night Swimmers: a novel, Soho Press, 2019.
  • SPELLS: a novel-within-photographs, Counterpoint, 2017.
  • Klickitat: a novel, Abrams, 2016.
  • The Shelter Cycle: a novel, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. Paperback, 2014. France: Rue Fromentin, 2015.
  • My Abandonment: a novel, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009. Paperback, 2010. Germany: Dumont, 2011. France: Rue Fromentin, 2011 Turkey: Why Book, 2017. Argentina, Editions Godot, in press.
  • The Unsettling: stories, MacAdam/Cage, 2006. Paperback, 2007. Counterpoint, 2016.
  • The Bewildered: a novel, MacAdam/Cage, 2005. Paperback, 2006. Counterpoint, 2017. France: Rue Fromentin, 2018.
  • The Ambidextrist: a novel, Context Books, 2002. Paperback, Macadam/Cage, 2004. Counterpoint, 2017.
  • Carnival Wolves: a novel, Anchor/Doubleday, 1998.
  • This Is the Place: a novel, Anchor/Doubleday, 1997.