Coloradan wins Drue Heinz Prize for short fiction stories

Share with others:


Print Email Read Later

Kent Nelson is the 2014 winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize, one of the nation's most prestigious awards for a book of short fiction. Mr. Nelson's manuscript, "Spirit Bird: Short Stories," was selected by author David Guterson ("Snow Falling on Cedars") from a field of 350 entries. The collection will be published by the University of Pittsburgh Press this fall.

" 'Spirit Bird' indicates a seasoned talent at work," Mr. Guterson said. "It's a collection set in disparate geographies and touching on disparate lives, but it explores consistently the terrain of loneliness and yearning. One of its more impressive features is the way it artfully balances saying too much with saying too little."

"Writing stories for me is exploration and discovery," said Mr. Nelson. "I started all these stories with a character in a place and figured out from there where the story might go. This required writing the first page 10 or so times, often more, as I made new decisions about the character and what might happen."

A Cincinnati native, Nelson lives in Ouray, Colo.


Join the conversation:

Commenting policy | How to report abuse
To report inappropriate comments, abuse and/or repeat offenders, please send an email to socialmedia@post-gazette.com and include a link to the article and a copy of the comment. Your report will be reviewed in a timely manner. Thank you.
Commenting policy | How to report abuse

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

You have 2 remaining free articles this month

Try unlimited digital access

If you are an existing subscriber,
link your account for free access. Start here

You’ve reached the limit of free articles this month.

To continue unlimited reading

If you are an existing subscriber,
link your account for free access. Start here