Ned Bachus received a BA from Temple University, an MA from Gallaudet University and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. While a grad student at Gallaudet, he founded Gallaudet Rugby Football Club, the first rugby club for the Deaf in the United States. A Community College of Philadelphia faculty member as a counselor from 1974 to 1989 and as Associate Professor of English from 1989 to 2012, he received various awards for service to students, including the Alana Collos Award for Teaching Excellence and the Christian and Mary Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.
Bachus’s stories have appeared in publications, including The Louisville Review, Calliope, Antietam Review, Meridian Bound, Carve and The Evansville Review. He has won fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and was awarded an artist residency at Cill Rialaig Project in Ireland. His collection of short stories City of Brotherly Love (Fleur-de-Lis Press) was awarded the 2013 Independent Publisher Award (IPPY) Gold Medal for Literary Fiction.
As a songwriter and solo artist and as a member of the Philadelphia-based band, Sacred CowBoys, he has recorded several CDs and performed in music venues throughout eastern United States; his songs have been performed and recorded by various artists in the U.S., and have been featured on NPR programs including A Prairie Home Companion.
City of Brotherly Love, ISBN 9780977386178, $22.00, The people you meet in these stories are just like you and me. We struggle. It doesn’t matter if we’re black or white, male or female, deaf or hearing, divorced or married, young or dying, in love or out, kin or strangers, dog or human. How do we negotiate between what’s inside us and the world outside? That is the central question of realistic, day to day living and of these eleven honest and evocative stories in City of Brotherly Love. Some of these characters succeed in protecting others if not themselves, some learn what is or is not out there for them. Some participate in ritualistic bonding; some learn to go it on their own. What I know, and what you will find out, is that my life is variously enriched by reading Ned Bachus’s superb stories.
–Sena Jeter Naslund, author of Ahab’s Wife, Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette, The Fountain of St. James Court or, Portrait of the Artist as an Old Woman.