Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, 1991
Creative Writing; Fiction
Sharon Solwitz's literary prizes include a Pushcart Prize, the Dan Curley Award, the Tara Fellowship in Short Fiction (from the Heekin Foundation,) the Katherine Anne Porter Fiction Prize, the Nelson Algren Prize (three times), the Hemingway Days Festival Prize, as well as awards and fellowships from the Kansas and Illinois Arts Councils. Her collection of stories Blood and Milk (Sarabande, 1997), won the Carl Sandburg Prize and the adult fiction award from the Society of Midland Authors, and was runner up for the National Jewish Book Award. Her novel Bloody Mary came out from Sarabande in August, 2003. Her short fiction has been published in numerous magazines including Ploughshares, The Chicago Tribune, Tikkun and Mademoiselle. Most recently Moment Magazine awarded her first prize for her story, “After Talking, What?”
She is an associate professor English at Purdue University in W. Lafayette, Indiana, where she teaches fiction writing. She lives in Chicago with her husband poet Barry Silesky and Seth, their seventeen-year-old son. They edit Another Chicago Magazine.