Programs And Events

2018 The Story Prize Reading and Awards Ceremony

March 7, 2019, 12:30 AM to 2:00 AM

2018 The Story Prize Reading and Awards Ceremony

The Auditorium, Room A106, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall

General Public 

The three finalists for The Story Prize, chosen from more than 70 short story collections published in 2018, will read from and discuss their work with Larry Dark, the director of the award. The event will culminate with the announcement of the winner, who will be presented with a check for $20,000 and an engraved silver bowl.

This year's finalists are: 

A Lucky Man by Jamel Brinkley

• Your Duck Is My Duck by Deborah Eisenberg

• Florida by Lauren Groff

Jamel Brinkley is the author of A Lucky Man, a finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction and the John Leonard Prize, and winner of the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. His writing has appeared in The Best American Short Stories 2018, A Public Space, Ploughshares, American Short Fiction, and Tin House, among other places. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he was also a Carol Houck Smith Fiction Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. He is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University.

Deborah Eisenberg is a MacArthur Foundation Fellow and the recipient of honors including the 2011 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, a Whiting Writer’s Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Eisenberg has published five collections of stories: Transactions in a Foreign Currency, Under the 82nd Airborne, All Around Atlantis, Twilight of the Superheroes, and Your Duck Is My Duck. Her first two story collections were republished in one volume as The Stories (So Far) of Deborah Eisenberg. All four volumes were reprinted in 2010 in The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg. She is a professor of writing at Columbia University.

Lauren Groff is a two-time National Book Award Finalist and the New York Times bestselling author of three novels, The Monsters of Templeton, Arcadia, and Fates and Furies, as well as the celebrated short story collections Florida and Delicate Edible Birds. She has won the PEN/O. Henry Award, and has been a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her work has been featured in The New Yorker, along with several Best American Short Stories anthologies, and she was named one of Granta's 2017 Best Young American Novelists. She lives in Gainesville, Florida, with her husband and sons.

Welcome remarks by Joseph Salvatore, Associate Professor of Writing. 

Sponsored by the Creative Writing Program and The Story Prize.



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