—member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers — is author
of three novels: Blanco, Departing as Air, and A
Place for Outlaws, as well as a collection of stories, Things
About to Disappear. A new novel, Cloud of Witnesses, is forthcoming
in the fall of 2005, and he is revising another novel, Skin for Skin.
He has edited Voicelust: Eight Contemporary Writers on Style,
and Walking on Water and Other Stories. His fiction and essays
appear in such publications as Southern Review, Five Point,Georgia Review, Ploughshares, Shenandoah,
and The New York Times. Wier has received a Guggenheim Fellowship,
a fellowship grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Dobi-Paisano
Fellowship from the Texas Institute of Letters, and the Robert Penn
Warren Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. In 2002 he was
elected to membership in the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Recipient
of the Hodges Chair for Distinguished Teaching at the University of
Tennessee, Wier lives in Knoxville.