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919 N 20th St, Milwaukee, WI 53233
Columbia University (Ivy League), 116th St and Broadway, New York, NY 10027
Yale University (Ivy League), 38 Hillhouse Ave, New Haven, CT 06520
Yaddo, 312 Union Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
MacDowell Colony, 100 High St, Peterborough, NH 03458

Joseph Kerwin Caldwell (born October 2, 1928) is a playwright and novelist who has been awarded the Rome Prize for Literature by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Caldwell has been praised by critics for his "precise prose," and "subtle humor that edges in to the absurd." He is the author of five novels in addition to the Pig Trilogy including In Such Dark Places, The Uncle From Rome, and Bread for the Baker's Child. Caldwell currently lives New York City and is working on various post-Pig writing projects. oseph Caldwell's In the Shadow of the Bridge is a heartfelt memoir about being gay in the New York City of the 1950s an 1960s.

Joseph Kerwin Caldwell was born on October 2, 1928, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His education included studies at Marquette University, Columbia University, and three years in the graduate program of the School of Drama at Yale University. Caldwell's talent and promise as a playwright were recognized early in his career: he received two "John Golden Fellowships in Play writing" at Yale University (1956-1957) and an American Broadcasting Company Fellowship in Playwriting, also at Yale.

Joseph Caldwell's plays have been produced off-Broadway, as well as being transformed into television scripts. New York productions of his plays include Cockeyed Kite at the Actors' Playhouse, The Downtown Holy Lady at the Greenwich Mews Theatre, and Jack Fallon, Fare Thee Well by the Joseph Jefferson Theatre Company. The School of Drama at Yale University produced two of his plays, namely, The Bridge and Clay for the Statues of Saints.

Caldwell has written several playscripts for television. The National Broadcasting Corporation has broadcast his Giant Killer, Trajan, The Bridge, and Down on the Farm. Educational Television has featured Caldwell's The Storm Born and The Old Man.

Joseph Caldwell may be more widely known for his four novels, published between 1978 and 1992. In Such Dark Places (1978), for which Caldwell was awarded an American Academy in Rome Fellowship in Creative Writing in 1979, was his first novel. Following In Such Dark Places, Caldwell wrote Deer at the River (1984), Under the Dog Star (1987), and The Uncle From Rome (1992). Caldwell's most recent novel, Bread for the Baker's Child, was published by Sarabande Books in 2002.

Joseph Caldwell's writing career has been supplemented by occasional acting roles in television programs or plays and by serving as a reader for several publishing agencies. He has also taught fiction writing at Columbia University, New York University, Hofstra University, and the 92nd Street YM-YWHA, as well as playwriting at the State University of New York and The New School.

For more than fifteen years Joseph Caldwell has been associated with the artists' colony of Yaddo, in Saratoga Springs, New York; first as a guest and later an assistant to the President. As a letter nominating Caldwell to the Corporation of Yaddo suggests, his work as an assistant "is vital to maintaining the comfort and tranquillity of Yaddo's guests." In 1993 Caldwell was elected to membership in the Corporation of Yaddo. Yaddo has played a more significant role in Caldwell's life in recent years, as the frequency and length of his residency at the artists' colony has increased. Likewise, his influence on young writers and artists has grown. In his role as assistant at Yaddo, he has inspired and encouraged a number of writers and artists criticism and advice. Many of the letters in the correspondence section convey the gratitude of these artists as well as their respect for Caldwell.

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