Paul’s essays, stories, and book reviews have appeared in a range of newspapers and magazines, and he’s published critical work on noir writers such as Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and James M. Cain. He taught Literature and Writing at UC, Santa Cruz for 35 years. His new book Temper CA won the 2018 Miami University Press Novella Prize.
In the words of Jonathan Franzen: “Paul Skenazy's fiction misbehaves. It swerves, it revisits ground and digs deeper, it confounds expectations. He has the gift of creating characters who are sympathetic, not in spite of their prickliness but because of it, and of depicting human bonds that are all the tenser for being so strong."