Currently alive, at 56 years of age.
1959 – William T. Vollmann was born in Los Angeles on the 28th of July. He is an American novelist, journalist, short story writer and essayist.
1982 – Works of nonfiction include An Afghanistan Picture Show, which describes his crossing into Afghanistan with a group of Islamic commandos.
1997 – He is the author of, among others, The Atlas (winner of the PEN Center West Award), You Bright and Risen Angels, The Rainbow Stories, and a series of novels entitled Seven Dreams: A Book of North American Landscapes, about the collision between the native populations of North America and their colonizers and oppressors.
1999 – The New Yorker named Vollmann "one of the twenty best writers in America under forty."
2003 – Rising Up and Rising Down, a seven-volume treatise on violence that was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award.
– His journalism and fiction have been published in The New Yorker, Esquire, Spin, Gear, and Granta.
2005 – He published Europe Central, a collection of short stories about Russia and Germany during World War II.