Past Sullivan Winners
The Richard Sullivan Prize for Short Fiction
edited by William O’Rourke and Valerie Sayers:
Kellie Wells, God, the Moon, and Other Megafauna (2016)
Kellie Wells is the author of a previous collection of short fiction, Compression Scars, which was the winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award, and two novels, Skin and Fat Girl, Terrestrial, a finalist for the Paterson Prize in Fiction. A congenital Midwesterner, Wells currently lives in Tuscaloosa, where she is associate professor of English at the University of Alabama.
Peter LaSalle, What I Found Out About Her (2014)
Peter LaSalle is the author of several books of fiction, most recently the novel Mariposa’s Song and a short story collection, Tell Borges If You See Him,recipient of the Flannery O’Connor Award in 2007. His stories have appeared in leading literary magazines and award anthologies such as Paris Review, Tin House, Zoetrope, Yale Review, Antioch Review, Best American Short Stories, Prize Stories: The O’Henry Awards. He is the Susan Taylor McDaniel Regents Professor in Creative Writing at the University of Texas at Austin.
Mark Brazaitis, The Incurables (2012)
Mark Brazaitis is the author of The River of Lost Voices: Stories from Guatemala, which won the Iowa Short Fiction Award, An American Affair: Stories, winner of the George Garrett Fiction Prize from Texas Review Press, a novel, Steal My Heart, and a collection of poetry, The Other Language. Brazaitis’s earlier books have been reviewed in the New York Times Book Review, Publishers Weekly, and American Book Review. He is the director of the Creative Writing Program at West Virginia University.
Joan Frank, In Envy Country (2010)
Joan Frank was born to New Yorkers in Phoenix, Arizona, and has lived in Hawaii, West Africa, Paris, and San Francisco. She studied with author Thaisa Frank (no relation) at the University of California in Berkeley, CA, and holds an MFA in creative fiction from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC. Joan is a MacDowell Colony and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellow, a Pushcart Prize nominee, winner of the ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award, Richard Sullivan Prize, Dana Award, Michigan Literary Fiction Award, Iowa Writing Award, and Emrys Fiction Award. She has received grants from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, and Sonoma Arts Council, been a two-time nominee for the Northern California Book Award in Fiction, and named a San Francisco Library Literary Laureate. She has taught creative writing at San Francisco State University, and continues to teach in private consultation. Joan also regularly reviews literary fiction for the San Francisco Chronicle Book Review. She lives in Northern California.
Marilyn Krysl’s work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Nation, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, Best American Short Stories 2000 and O’Henry Prize Stories. Warscape With Lovers won the Cleveland State Poetry Prize 1997, and her collection of short fiction, Dinner with Osama, won Foreword Magazine’s 2008 Book of the Year Bronze Medal and the Sullivan Prize from the University of Notre Dame. She has taught ESL in the Peoples’ Republic of China, volunteered as an unarmed bodyguard for Peace Brigade International in Sri Lanka, and tended to the needy at Mother Teresa’s Kalighat Home for the Destitute and Dying in Calcutta. While serving as Artist in Residence at Dr. Jean Watson’s Center for Human Caring at the University of Colorado, she wrote Midwife, a collection of poems describing the lives and work of caregivers, and Soulskin, which showcases alternative healers. She has taught writing and performed her work at nursing conferences across the U.S. and abroad, and most recently at The Healing Art of Writing Conference at Dominican University in California, and at Watson’s World Caring Conference sponsored by the Watson Caring Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado.
Russell Working was born in Long Beach, California. He has been a staff writer for Lawrence Ragan Communications in Chicago and a visiting faculty member of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in creative writing. A former newspaper reporter, he has filed stories from throughout the former Soviet Union, Asia, the Middle East, and aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt. Working is also the Pushcart Prize–winning author of two short story collections, one of which received the Iowa Short Fiction Award and the other, The Irish Martyr, won the Sullivan Prize from the University of Notre Dame. In addition, his story “Evil Onions” won Third Place in Narrative’s Fall 2008 Story Contest, he was a finalist in the Winter 2009 Contest, and his story “The Vanishing” won Third Place in the Fall 2010 Contest. He and his wife, a Russian journalist, have two sons.
Arturo Vivante (1923- 2008) was the son of Elena (née de Bosis), a painter, and Leone Vivante, a philosopher. The family fled to England in 1938, anticipating the war and the fascist government’s anti-Semitic policies (Leone was Jewish). The British sent Arturo to an internment camp in Canada while his family remained in England for the duration of the war. He graduated from McGill University, and the University of Rome in 1949. He practiced medicine in Rome until 1958. He married Nancy Adair Bradish in 1958 and moved to New York. From 1968 to 1993, he taught writing at colleges, including the University of Iowa, Bennington College, and MIT. He retired and lived in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, AGNI, Vogue, The New York Times, London Magazine, The Guardian and The Southern Review. His publications include A Goodly Babe (Little, Brown: 1966), The French Girls of Killmi (Little Brown, 1967), Doctor Giovanni (Little Brown, 1969), English Stories Street Fiction (1975), Run to the Waterfall (Scribner, 1979), Writing Fiction (Writing. Inc., 1980), The Tales of Arturo Vivante (The Sheep Meadow Press, 1990), Solitude and Other Stories, winner of the Sullivan Prize (University of Notre Dame Press, 2004), and Truelove Knot (University of Notre Dame Press, 2007).
Maura Stanton was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois. She received her BA from the University of Minnesota in 1969 and her MFA in 1971 from the University of Iowa. She has taught at the State University of New York at Cortland (1972-1973), the University of Richmond (1973-1977), Humboldt State University (1977-1978), the University of Arizona (1978-1982), and Indiana University, where she has been employed since 1982. Her published works include Molly Companion (Avon, 1979), The Country I Come From (Milkweed Editions, 1988), Tales of the Supernatural (David R Godine Pub, 1988), Cries of Swimmers (Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 1991), Snow on Snow (Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 1997); Glacier Wine (Poems) (Carnegie-Melon University Press, 2001), Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darling, winner of the Sullivan Prize (University of Notre Dame Press, 2001), Cities in the Sea (University of Michigan Press, 2003), Immortal Sofa (University of Illinois Press, 2008).
Jarda Cervenka is the author of two previous story collections, Mal D’Afrique and The Revenge of Underwater Man, and a children’s book, The Adventures of Missi One. He is the recipient of the Richard Sullivan Prize, the Minnesota Voices Prize, The Franz Kafka Award from European Circle Franz Kafka, and the Blue Jacket Award (Japan). Born and raised in Prague, Cervenka immigrated to the United States in 1968, in the wake of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. He was a Professor of Medical Genetics at the University of Minnesota for 35 years, and internationally renowned in the field of cytogenetics. He has traveled extensively and lived in Japan, Nigeria and Kenya. Now retired, he and his wife Sasha divide their time between Prague, the Florida Keys, and their home in Minneapolis.
Susan Neville is the author of five works of creative nonfiction: Indiana Winter, Fabrication: Essays on Making Things and Making Meaning, Twilight in Arcadia, Iconography: A Writer’s Meditation, and Sailing the Inland Sea. Her prize-winning collections of short fiction include In the House of Blue Lights, winner of the Richard Sullivan prize and listed as a ‘Notable Book’ by the Chicago Tribune, and Invention of Flight, winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. Her stories have appeared in the Pushcart Prize Anthology and in anthologies including Extreme Fiction (Longman) and The Story Behind the Story (Norton.) She lives in Indianapolis with her husband and two children and teaches writing at Butler University and in the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. New in 2010, a paperback re-issue of Invention of Flight (University of Georgia Press, October) and a book of nonfiction about Butler University during the NCAA men’s basketball tournament: Butler’s Big Dance (Quarry Books, November).
Ed Falco is the author of The Family Corleone, a novel based on material excerpted from screenplays by Mario Puzo, and the short story collection Burning Man (SMU, 2011). His previous short story collections are Sabbath Night in the Church of the Piranha: New and Selected Stories (Unbridled Books, 2005), Acid (University of Notre Dame Press, 1996), and Plato at Scratch Daniel’s and Other Stories (University of Arkansas Press, 1990). He is also the author of four novels: Saint John of the Five Boroughs (Unbridled Books, 2009), Wolf Point (Unbridled Books, 2005), A Dream with Demons (Eastgate Systems, 1997), and Winter in Florida (Soho, 1990), as well as a collection of literary and experimental short fictions, In the Park of Culture (University of Notre Dame Press, 2005), and a collection of hypertext short fictions, Sea Island (Eastgate Systems, 1995). Ed’s plays—The Center, Possum Dreams, Sabbath Night in the Church of the Piranha, and others—have mostly been produced and read in and around Blacksburg, Virginia, where he is the director of Virginia Tech’s MFA program, and he edits The New River, an online journal of new media writing.