Douglas Thayer lives in Provo, Utah, with his wife Donlu, and teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University. He has also published two collections of stories, the award-winning Under the Cottonwoods and Other Mormon Stories and Mr. Wahlquist in Yellowstone and Other Stories. Most recently he published The Conversion of Jeff Williams (Signature Books, 2003).
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LDS (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
Doug and Donlu have six children, six children-in-law, and (as of May 2012) eighteen grandchildren.
Work can be found on page 81 of the Spring 1970 issue of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought.
After graduating from Brigham Young University (BYU) with a bachelor’s degree in English, Thayer applied to law school, but then decided not to attend and started a doctorate in American literature at Stanford. Finding that he had little interest in research, he left the program after finishing a master’s degree. He later attended the University of Iowa, and finished an MFA in fiction writing.