Steve Amick, Fiction

Steve Amick has published two novels with Pantheon: Nothing But a Smile (2009) and The Lake, the River & the Other Lake (2005), which was a BookSense Pick, a Washington Post Book of the Year, and was cited in the Encyclopædia Britannica’s Britannica Book of the Year as one of three “standout” debuts of 2005.

His shorter work has appeared in places like McSweeney’s, Playboy, Story, Southern Review, Five Chapters, New England Review, Cincinnati Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, The New York Times, on National Public Radio, and in a range of anthologies including The Sound of Writing (Anchor, 1991), New Sudden Fiction (W.W.Norton, 2007) and Ghost Writers: Us Haunting Them (Wayne State University Press, 2011).

Awards include the Michigan Notable Book Award, twice, the Dan Rudy Prize, the Phoebe Fiction Award, and most recently, the Lawrence Foundation Prize for the Michigan Quarterly’s best fiction of 2011. He earned an MFA from George Mason, studying with Richard Bausch and Susan Richards Shreve. Along the way, he’s had plays produced in Chicago, including his first, which took top honors in the city’s renowned Collaboraction Sketchbook festival. He has a Clio and other nearly-accidental advertising awards, a CD of original songs, and sometimes hosts the Ann Arbor Moth. Most recently, he’s been teaching in the MFA writing workshop at Northwestern. For more information, see his website.

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