Purdue University College of Liberal Art

Sharon Solwitz

Please join me in congratulating Sharon Solwitz, associate professor of English, whose short story “Gifted” will appear in Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s anthology The Best American Short Stories 2016. “Gifted” was originally published in the spring 2015 issue of the New England Review.

Sharon is the author of Bloody Mary (Sarabande, 2003) and the short story collection Blood and Milk (1997), which won the Carl Sandburg Prize, the adult fiction award from the Society of Midland Authors, and runner-up status for the National Jewish Book Award. Her short fiction has been published in numerous magazines, including Ploughshares, the Chicago Tribune Magazine, Tikkun, and Mademoiselle. Her 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), and the Hemingway Days Festival Prize, as well as awards and fellowships from the Kansas and Illinois Arts Councils. Her next work—the novel Once, in Lourdes from Random House (Spiegel & Grau)—is tentatively scheduled for publication in 2017.

Congratulations, Dr. Solwitz!

David's Signature

David A. Reingold
Justin S. Morrill Dean
College of Liberal Arts