Author Lorrie Moore '78 has been selected to receive the 18th annual
PEN/Malamud Award, given annually since 1988 in honor of the late Bernard
Malamud to recognize a body of work which demonstrates excellence in
the art of short fiction.
who received an honorary degree from
St. Lawrence and spoke at Commencement in 2004, has written fiction,
reviews and essays appearing in The New Yorker, The Paris Review,
Harper's, Best American Short Stories, The Yale Review, The New York
Review of Books, The New York Times and elsewhere. She is the author
of two novels and three collections of stories, the most recent of which,
Birds of America, was a National Book Critics’ Circle
Award Finalist and the winner of the Irish Times International Prize
for Literature. She has also edited several anthologies and written
two children’s books. In 2004 she was awarded the Rea Award for
achievement in the short story. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, where
she teaches at the University of Wisconsin.
Moore will return to campus September 21 to open the 2005-2006 Writers
Series, as part of the University's Sesquicentennial. Her visit
is funded by the endowment established to support the Viebranz Visiting
Professor in Creative Writing.
The PEN/Malamud Award includes a Memorial Reading in the 2005/06
PEN/Faulkner reading series at the Folger Shakespeare Library and a
prize of $5,000. The selection committee includes a panel of PEN/Faulkner
board members, together with representatives of Malamud’s literary
executors. Previous PEN/Malamud Award winners include: John Updike,
Saul Bellow, Frederick Busch, Andre Dubus, Eudora Welty, Grace Paley,
Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Munro, John Barth, SUNY Potsdam alumnus T.
Coraghessan Boyle and Ann Beattie, among many others.
The PEN/Faulkner Foundation, now celebrating its 25th year, "is committed
to building audiences for quality literature and bringing writers together
with their readers."
Posted: June 23, 2005