College of Arts and Sciences

Pinckney Benedict, Fall 2010

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  • Wednesday, Oct 20: Interview and Q&A, 4:00 pm, Simpkins 341 (Writing Center).
  • Thursday, Oct 21: Reading and book signing, 7:30 pm, Sandburg Theater in the University Union.

Pinckney Benedict grew up on his family’s dairy farm in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. He is a graduate of Princeton University and the Iowa Writers Workshop.

Press 53 published his most recent collection, Miracle Boy and Other Stories, in 2010. Prior, he has published two collections of short fiction (Town Smokes, Ontario Review Press 1987, The Wrecking Yard, Nan A. Talese Books/Doubleday 1992), and a novel (Dogs of God, Nan A. Talese Books/Doubleday 1992), all three of which were named Notable Books by the New York Times.

His stories have appeared in publications including Esquire, Zoetrope: All-Story, StoryQuarterly, Ontario Review, Appalachian Heritage, the O. Henry Award series (twice), the New Stories from the South series (four times), the Pushcart Prize series (three times), and The Oxford Book of American Short Stories.

He is co-founder of the Tinker Mountain Writers’ Workshop at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia and serves on the core faculty of the low-residency MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina. He is currently full professor in the English Department at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

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