BARICH, Bill. American, b. 1943. Genres: Novels, Novellas/Short stories, Essays. Career: U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Nigeria and Biafra, 1966-67; Somerset Hills School, Somerset, NJ, teacher, 1967-69; L.S. Distributors, San Francisco, CA, stockperson and book salesperson, 1969-71; Alfred A. Knopf, San Francisco and New York City, publicity assistant and editorial assistant, 1972-75; New Yorker, New York City, staff writer, 1981-94. Instructor of creative writing at University of California, Berkeley and Santa Cruz; Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics; and Naropa Institute, Boulder, CO. Faculty member of Squaw Valley Writers' Conference. Publications: Laughing in the Hills (autobiography), 1980; Traveling Light (essays), 1984; Hard to Be Good (short stories), 1987; Hat Creek and the McCloud, 1988; Big Dreams: Into the Heart of California, 1994; Carson Valley (novel), 1997; Crazy for Rivers (essay), 1999; The Sporting Life, 1999. Contributor to periodicals. Work represented in anthologies. Address: c/o Amabda Urban, International Creative Management, 40 W. 57th St., New York, NY 10019, U.S.A.