Peter Trachtenberg is a writer, journalist, monologist, and teacher of creative writing. His reportage, essays, and short fiction have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, TriQuarterly, A Public Space, Bidoun, O: The Oprah Magazine, Monocle, T: The New York Times Travel Magazine, BOMB, Tricycle, Tikkun, the St. Petersburg Review, and the East African literary journal Kwani?. Trachtenberg’s The Book of Calamities: Five Questions About Suffering and Its Meaning is the recipient of the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s 2009 Ralph Waldo Emerson Award for significant contributions to interpretations of the intellectual and cultural condition of humanity. He is also the recipient of a Whiting Writer’s Award and the Nelson Algren Award for Short Fiction.
To learn more about Peter Trachtenberg, please visit http://www.petertrachtenberg.com/.
Another Insane Devotion (Forthcoming from Da Capo); The Book of Calamities: Five Questions About Suffering and Its Meaning (Little, Brown, 2008); 7 Tattoos: A Memoir in the Flesh (Crown Publishing, August 1997)
Peter Trachtenberg on The Book of Calamities: Five Questions About Suffering and Its Meaning