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Bart Yates | Bio
The youngest of three brothers, Bart Yates was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming, in 1962,
Following a brief. bizarrely inappropriate stint as bursar at The Boston Conservatory, Bart began teaching private music lessons in Massachusetts in 1989, and then moved to Iowa City, Iowa, in 1999. A novel-writing class taught by Gordon Mennenga at the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival was the catalyst for Bart’s first novel (Leave Myself Behind), which was published in 2003 by Kensington Books, and won an Alex Award from the American Library Association in 2004. His second novel, The Brothers Bishop, was published in 2006, and his third, The Distance Between Us, in 2009. His most recent novel, The Third Hill North Of Town, came out in February of this year, under the pen name of Noah Bly.
Bart still teaches clarinet, saxophone, and bass guitar lessons in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids, and has also taught workshops at the University of Iowa's Summer Writing Festival. When not teaching or writing, Bart can usually be found with a book in one hand and a glass of red wine in the other---or coffee, as often as not.
Bart is currently working on his fifth novel.