Congratulations to the Emerging Author finalists for the 2016 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award! The Emerging Author winner will be announced at the Award Dinner on October 29, 2016.
Sarah Gerkensmeyer’s story collection, “What You Are Now Enjoying,” was selected by Stewart O'Nan as winner of the Autumn House Press Fiction Prize, longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and chosen as winner of Late Night Library’s Debut-litzer Prize. A Pushcart Prize nominee for both fiction and poetry and a finalist for the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction and the Italo Calvino Prize for Fabulist Fiction, Gerkensmeyer’s stories and poetry have appeared in American Short Fiction, Guernica, The Massachusetts Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, B O D Y, Hobart, and Cream City Review, among others. Her story “Ramona” was featured in a Huffington Post piece on flash fiction and also chosen for the 2014 Best of the Net Anthology. Gerkensmeyer was the 2012-13 Pen Parentis Fellow. She received her MFA in fiction from Cornell University and now lives with her family in Greencastle.
Bill Kenley is a high school English teacher at Noblesville High School, and the author of “High School Runner (Freshman)”. Three times voted by students of his high school as the school's most inspiring and influential teacher, he writes primarily for a young adult audience. A graduate of Miami University with a Master's in English Education from Ohio State, Kenley is also an avid runner with multiple Boston Marathons and a fifty-mile trail run under his belt.
Edward Kelsey Moore is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel “The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat” (Alfred A. Knopf, 2013), which has been published in translation in eleven countries, was named a 2013 Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, a 2014 First Novelist Award by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, and was also a 2014 Illinois Reads book by the Illinois Reading Council. This book has been optioned for a film adaptation in association with Fox Searchlight Pictures.
Moore’s essays and short fiction have appeared in the New York Times and a number of literary magazines, including Ninth Letter, Indiana Review, African American Review, and Inkwell. His Pushcart Prize-nominated essay, “Piaf and Roadkill,” received an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award. Edward’s short story, “Grandma and the Elusive Fifth Crucifix,” was dramatized and broadcast over Chicago Public Radio after winning the Stories on Stage Short Story Competition. He is currently writing a series of essays for Minnesota Public Radio. His second novel, “The Happy Heartache Blues,” will be published in summer 2017.
In addition to his writing, Edward maintains a career as a professional cellist. He received degrees from Indiana University and the State University of New York at Stony Brook, studying with renowned cellists János Starker and Bernard Greenhouse. His playing has been featured on many recordings and he has toured nationally and internationally. Moore currently performs with a number of ensembles, including the Chicago Sinfonietta and the Joffrey Ballet Orchestra. He is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana.
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.