HARUF, Kent. American, b. 1943. Genres: Novels. Career: Worked odd jobs including farm laborer, construction worker, rural paper route carrier, hospital orderly, railroad worker, librarian, and orphanage house parent; taught high school English in Wisconsin and Colorado, 1976-86; served in the Peace Corps in Turkey, 1965-67; Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, assistant professor, 1986-91; Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, associate professor, 1991-. Publications: NOVELS: The Tie That Binds, 1984; Where You Once Belonged, 1991; Plainsong, 1999. Contributor of short stories to periodicals. Address: English Dept., Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL 62901, U.S.A.