Sunday, April 1, 2012
John Blair on FLAC Writer's Circuit
Blair's work has appeared in more than seventy journals and magazines, including Shenandoah, The Antioch Review, The Sewanee Review, Poetry, Southern Poetry Review, The Georgia Review, Southern Humanities Review, American Literature and Studies in the Novel. He is the author of two novels, "A Landscape of Darkness" and "Bright Angel," both published by Ballantine Books. His collection of short stories "American Standard" was the 22nd winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize. His poetry collection, "The Green Girls," won the Lena Miles Wever Todd Prize and was published by Pleiades Press. He has also won several other literary prizes, including Sewanee Review's Andrew Lytle Prize for Fiction, the Texas Institute of Letters' Helen C. Smith Award for Poetry, the Phoebe Winter Fiction Prize, the Arts & Letters Rumi Prize in Poetry. His work has been nominated for the National Book Critic's Circle Award.
Born in St. Petersburg, Florida, Blair is the first Florida-born author to win the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry, which celebrates its first decade of awards this year. He is currently a professor in the Department of English and director of the undergraduate creative writing program at Texas State University.
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