Cliff Hudder flunked out of law school in 1981, but received an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Houston in 1995.
He has been an archaeological laborer, a film and video editor, a photographer, air compressor mechanic, electrical lineman, and educator. In addition to articles on regional and American literature, his short stories have appeared in several journals, including Alaska Quarterly Review, The Kenyon Review, and The Missouri Review. His work has received the Barthelme and Michener Awards, the Peden Prize, and the Short Story Award from the Texas Institute of Letters. His novella, Splinterville, won the 2007 Texas Review Fiction Award, and his novel, Pretty Enough for You, is forthcoming from Texas Review Press in July of 2015.
He teaches English at Lone Star College-Montgomery in Conroe, Texas, where he lives with his wife Kazumi and son Dylan, and is presently at work on a PhD in English at Texas A&M University.