Puget Sound English Department

March 3, 2009

Kathryn Ma wins Iowa Short Fiction Award

Filed under: Activities off Campus,Creative Writing,Literature,Publishing — upsenglish @ 11:31 pm

kathryn3Each year, the University of Iowa Press awards the Iowa Short Fiction Award and the Iowa Poetry Prize.  This year, the fiction award goes to Kathryn Ma and the press will publish her collection of stories All That Work and Still No Boys in October 2009.  Kathryn’s collection was chosen by Curtis Sittenfeld, author of American Wife.  Hopefully, UPS will be able to invite Kathryn to visit, either in person or via Skype some time after the book is released.  Here’s a quote from the press announcement:

How do the individual, family, and society connect and collide? In All That Work and Still No Boys, Kathryn Ma exposes the deepest fears and longings that we mask in family life and observes the long shadows cast by history and displacement. She trains the roving lamp of fiction on the immigrant experience, illuminating for us the confounding nature of duty, transformation, and loss. A young boy exposed to racial hatred finds out the true difference between his mother and father. A young Beijing tour guide with a terrible family secret must take an adopted Chinese girl and her American family on an orphanage visit. And in the prize-winning title story, a mother refuses to let her son save her life, insisting instead on a sacrifice by her daughter. In all these stories, the authority of Ma’s intelligence, insight, and wit imparts a sense of grace to the bitter resentments and enduring ties that comprise family love.


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