1956—May 27, 2017
Brian Doyle is the editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland in Oregon–the finest spiritual magazine in America, says Annie Dillard. Doyle is the author of fifteen books of essays, stories, poems, nonfiction (including Grace Notes, The Wet Engine, How the Light Gets In), and fiction (notably the sprawling novels Mink River, The Plover, and Martin Marten).
Doyle’s work has appeared in Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Orion, the American Scholar, the Sun, Georgia Review, and in newspapers and magazines around the world, including the New York Times, the Times of London, and the Age (in Australia). His essays have also been reprinted in the annual Best American Essays, Best American Science & Nature Writing, and Best American Spiritual Writing anthologies.
Among various honors for his work is the Christopher Medal, a Catholic Book Award, the University of Notre Dame’s Griffin Award in literature, three Pushcart Prizes, the John Burroughs Award for Nature Essays, the Foreword Reviews Novel of the Year award, and–puzzling him to this day–the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is a regular contributor to a wide array of spiritual periodicals, among them Commonweal, America, Notre Dame, Boston College, US Catholic, the Christian Century, Saint Anthony Messenger, National Catholic Reporter, First Things, Eureka Street (in Australia), Reality (in Ireland), and Give Us This Day.
See an interview with Brian Doyle on YouTube.