The Virginia G. Piper
Center for Creative Writing

Photograph of Tod Goldberg

Tod Goldberg

Desert Nights, Rising Stars Faculty 2018, 2021

Tod Goldberg is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen books, including Gangster Nation, Gangsterland, a finalist for the Hammett Prize, The House of Secrets, which he co-authored with Brad Meltzer, Living Dead Girl, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, two collections of short stories, and the popular Burn Notice series. His short stories, essays, and criticism, have appeared in numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, Black Clock, the Normal School, Las Vegas Weekly, and, recently, Best American Essays. In addition, he is also the co-host of the immensely popular podcast Literary Disco along with Julia Pistell and Rider Strong. He holds an MFA fiction and literature from Bennington College and founded and directs the Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts at the University of California, Riverside.