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Feb. 15, 2005

Varallo, Trevor Capture UI Press Short Fiction Awards

The University of Iowa Press has announced the winners of the 2005 Iowa short Fiction Awards. Anthony Varallo has won the John Simmons Short Fiction Award for his collection "This Day in History." Douglas Trevor is the winner of the Iowa Short Fiction Award for "The Thin Tear in the Fabric of Space."

Selected by Kevin Brockmeier, author of "Things That Fall from the Sky," "The Truth about Celia" and the children's book "City of Names," both collections will be published in October 2005.

Anthony Varallo's "This Day in History" features children standing on the brink of adulthood, unsure of how to move forward, striving to make sense of the world around them. Often they discover that the distance between themselves and others is not nearly as great as first imagined.

"Varallo writes in a clear, modest, brightly lit prose that is responsive to every nuance of his characters' perceptions," Brockmeier said. "The worlds he creates will ring true to anyone who remembers that fascinating time of life when childhood and adulthood first began to mingle and throw off sparks."

A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Varallo (left) grew up in Yorklyn, Del. His stories have appeared in Epoch, Crazyhorse, Story Quarterly, Black Warrior Review, and other publications. He is the recipient of an AWP Intro Journals Award, the Crazyhorse Fiction Prize, the Journal Short Story Prize and an NEA Fellowship in Literature. He lives with his wife, the writer Malinda McCollum, and their son in Columbia, Mo., where he is a Ph.D. student in English and creative writing and a graduate instructor at the University of Missouri and an editor for the Missouri Review.

Trevor's "Thin Tear in the Fabric of Space" collects stories about coping with grief, trying to love people who have died, and - more broadly - leaving old versions of the self behind, sometimes by choice and sometimes out of necessity.

"Trevor writes movingly and persuasively about the ways in which people can be unmoored by loss," Brockmeier said. "The final paragraphs of his stories are among the most knowing and beautiful you are ever likely to read."

Douglas Trevor (right) has published short fiction in the Paris Review, Glimmer Train, the New England Review, the Ontario Review, Epoch and other publications. He was the David R. Sokolov Scholar in Fiction at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference in 2003 and holds degrees from Princeton and Harvard  universities. He grew up in Denver, Col., and Key West, Fla., and currently lives with his wife and son in Iowa City, where he is an assistant professor of English at the University of Iowa.

Praised by the New York Times Book Review as "among the most prestigious literary prizes America offers," the short fiction awards are given annually to first collections of fiction in English and are juried through the Iowa Writers' Workshop. The honors are national in scope and have been given since 1969. The John Simmons Short Fiction Award-named for the first director of the University of Iowa Press-was created in 1988 to complement the existing Iowa Short Fiction Award.

Recent winners include "What You've Been Missing" by Janet Desaulniers, "Here Beneath Low-Flying Planes" by Merrill Feitell, "Bring Me Your Saddest Arizona" by Ryan Harty and "American Wives" by Beth Helms.

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