As noted over at the Dzanc Books blog:
EUGENE CROSS WINS 3RD ANNUAL DZANC PRIZE
Steven Gillis, Publisher of Dzanc Books, notes:
“Eugene's writing has
that perfect blend of modernism and classic storytelling, is at once humorous
and sexy, intelligent and provocative, and is at the same time composed and
controlled. We were also very much moved by Eugene's service program.
With all that is going on in the world, and in particular as the devastation in
Haiti this past week is front page news,
we found Eugene's desire to work with refugees in the telling of their
stories a wonderful and timely idea. All taken together, we at Dzanc are
proud to have
Cross, a native of Erie, Pennsylvania, and graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, is currently working on a short story collection, Fires of Our Choosing, and plans to complete that. He says, "I'm excited and extremely honored to have been selected for the 2009 Dzanc Prize. The award will give me the opportunity to work closely with Nepalese, Bhutanese, and Sudanese refugees as they write and share their amazing stories even as they continue to unfold. I'm also deeply grateful for the opportunity to continue working on my manuscript while engaging in literary outreach with a civic- minded organization such as Dzanc."
ABOUT EUGENE CROSS
Eugene Cross teaches English and Creative Writing at Penn State University - Erie, where he received the 2008 Faculty Scholarship. His stories have appeared in Storyglossia, Guernica, Hobart, Third Coast and other literary journals. Currently, he is completing a collection of short fiction tentatively titled Fires of Our Choosing. To interview Eugene, please contact Dan Wickett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT DZANC BOOKS AND THE DZANC PRIZE
Dzanc Books was created in 2006 by Steven Gillis and Dan Wickett to advance great writing and to champion those writers who do not fit neatly into the marketing niches of for-profit presses. As a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization, Dzanc Books not only publishes literary fiction, but works in partnership with literary journals to advance their readership at every level. Dzanc is also fully committed to developing educational programs in schools and organizes workshops and Writer-In-Residence programs in Michigan and elsewhere to meet that goal.
In 2007, to further its mission of fostering literary excellence, community involvement, and education, Dzanc Books created the Dzanc Prize, which awards $5,000 annually to a writer working toward completion of a novel or short story collection who is also interested in bettering their community through literary community service. For further details and more information on Dzanc Books, its mission, titles, authors, awards, and programs, please visit www.dzancbooks.org .
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