Peter Chilson teaches writing and literature at Washington State University. He is the author of four books, including three books on Africa, including Disturbance-Loving Species: A Novella and Stories.
His most recent book is Writing Abroad: A Guide for Travelers, written with Joanne B. Mulcahy. His essays and fiction have appeared in New Letters, Poetry International, The American Scholar, Audubon, Best American Travel Writing, Creative Nonfiction, Foreign Policy, Fourth Genre, Gulf Coast, New England Review, North American Review, and elsewhere.
He has won a Fulbright scholarship, a Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Grant, and his writing has one the Maria Thomas Prize for International Fiction, the Katherine Bakeless Nason Prize for a Book of Short Fiction, the Gulf Coast Fiction Prize, and the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Book Prize in Creative Nonfiction.