Congratulations to the talented Emerging Author finalists for the 2018 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award! The winner will be announced at the Award Dinner on Saturday, October 13, 2018.
Deborah E. Kennedy is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana and a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her writing has appeared in Salon, Sou’wester, Third Coast Magazine, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Hairpin, The Establishment, and The North American Review. Deborah has worked as a reporter, teacher, and editor, as well as a cookie packer, ice cream scooper, and children’s baseball coach. She also holds a Bachelor's in English literature from Hanover College and a Master’s in fiction writing and English from Miami University. She currently lives in Forest Grove, Oregon. Tornado Weather is her debut. Visit her online at www.deborahekennedy.com.
Elizabeth Klehfoth grew up in Elkhart, Indiana. She received her BFA in creative writing from Chapman University and her MFA in creative writing from Indiana University, where she taught fiction writing and composition. Her debut novel, All These Beautiful Strangers, will be published by William Morrow/HarperCollins (US) and Penguin Random House (UK) in July 2018, is being translated into over half a dozen languages, and has been optioned for film by the producer of Gone Girl and Big Little Lies. She currently lives in Los Angeles. Visit her online at www.elizabethklehfoth.com.
Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Call Me Zebra, published in the U.S. by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in February 2018 and in the U.K. by Alma Books in May 2018, and Fra Keeler, published in 2012 by Dorothy: a publishing project, and by Giulio Perrone Editore in Italy. In 2015, Van der Vliet Oloomi won a Whiting Writers’ Award and a National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” award. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, a Fellowship from the Institució de les Lletres Catalanes in Barcelona, and residency fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Ledig House. Her work has been compared to that of Vladimir Nabokov, Alfred Hitchcock, and Rachel Kushner. Van der Vliet Oloomi’s work has appeared in Electric Literature,The Paris Review, GRANTA, Guernica, BOMB, and the Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal, among other places. Call Me Zebra is forthcoming from Paralela 45 in Romania and Paris Yayinlari in Turkey. She is an Assistant Professor in the English Department's M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing at the University of Notre Dame and lives in South Bend, Indiana. Visit her online at www.azareenvandervlietoloomi.com
Congratulations to all of the past finalists for the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award. These authors represent some of the best that Indiana literature has to offer and are truly deserving of recognition.