NMSU Department of English
MSC 3E, P.O. Box 30001
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003
MFA- New Mexico State University (NMSU) 2002; Las Cruces, NM
BA- North Park College 1980; Chicago, IL
Rus Bradburd earned his MFA from New Mexico State University (NMSU) in 2002. He coached basketball at NMSU and at the University of Texas, El Paso (UTEP) for fourteen seasons. His fiction has appeared in Puerto del Sol, the Colorado Review, the Southern Review (special mention for a Pushcart Prize), and Aethlon. His essays have appeared in SLAM and Bounce Magazines, as well as the New York Times, LA Times and Houston Chronicle. He has been a Bread Loaf Fellow and has taught at the Taos Summer Writers Workshop. Bradburd's memoir about learning the fiddle while coaching in Ireland, Paddy on the Hardwood, was released in the Fall of 2006 by the University of New Mexico Press. His book about race and college athletics, Forty Minutes of Hell, (HarperCollins / Amistad) was released in 2010, and is scheduled to be reissued in paperback in 2011.
Bradburd is the founder and director of "Basketball in the Barrio," which inspired an award-winning documentary film and won the 2008 NMSU "Social Justice Award."