Ned Bachus’s 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. Sena Jeter Naslund, author of Ahab’s Wife, said about City of Brotherly Love, “(My) life is variously enriched by reading Ned Bachus’s superb stories.” Nate House, author of Float, said, “Bachus’s writing perfectly captures the intricacies and contradictions of a city in search of itself… The stories…create their own kind of beauty…impossible to resist.”
Bachus’s Open Admissions: What Teaching at Community College Taught Me About Learning (Wild River Books, 2017) was called “brilliant, engaging, and instructive…a must read…both moving and personal; it is serious without being sanctimonious,” by Gina Barecca, UConn professor and author. Author Patti M. Marxsen said, “…the underlying metaphor of learning how to learn operates in every dimension of what Bachus has to say.”
Bachus’s stories have been anthologized and featured in literary magazines. He has won fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and had been awarded two artist residencies at Cill Rialaig Project in Ireland.
Born in Quebec and raised in Philadelphia, Ned Bachus received a BA from Temple University, an MA from Gallaudet University and an MFA from Vermont College.
During his nearly four-decade career at Community College of Philadelphia, Ned Bachus won multiple teaching awards and has spoken at colleges, libraries, and bookstores about the art and science of teaching and learning.
As a songwriter and member of Sacred CowBoys, he has recorded and performed widely; his songs have been performed and recorded by various artists in the U.S., and have been featured on radio programs, including A Prairie Home Companion.