Awards: Writing

  • University of Georgia Press; Flannery O’Connor Award
    Finalist for the short story collection, The House of Fossils; 2008
  • Glimmer Train Press Inc.; Very short fiction Award for The Tablecloth;
    Honorable Mention; Feb. 2009
  • The University of Iowa Press; Iowa Short Fiction awards
    Finalist for the short story collection, The House of Fossils; 2007
  • University of West Alabama; Tartt Award;
    Winner for the short story collection, The House of Fossils; 2007
  • Eastern Washington University Press; Spokane Prize;
    Semi-finalist for the short story collection, The House of Fossils; 2006
  • Best American Short Stories 2003; Walter Mosley Editor; 2003
  • Best American Short Stories 2001; listed as, “Distinguished Stories”; 2001
  • Crab Orchard Award Series in Poetry; Winner
    for collection, Crossroads and Unholy Water; 2000
  • The Grolier poetry prize; 1st prize winner. Cambridge, MA; 1993
  • Academy of American Poets; Walt Whitman Prize;
    Finalist for collection, Crossroads and Unholy Water; 1997
  • Crab Orchard Award Series in Poetry;
    Semi-finalist for collection, Crossroads and Unholy Water; 1998
  • Sarabande Books; Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry;
    Finalist for collection, Crossroads and Unholy Water; 1998
  • Untenberg Poetry Center; “Discovery,” The Nation contest;
    Semi-finalist for collection, Crossroads and Unholy Water; 1998
  • Silverfish Review Press; Gerald Cable Book Award;
    Finalist for collection, Crossroads and Unholy Water; 1998
  • Cleveland State University Poetry Center Prize;
    Semi-finalist for collection, Crossroads and Unholy Water; 1999
  • Glimmer Train Press Inc.; Very Short Fiction Award;
    Finalist for, Life Outside my Own; 2001