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Sept. 6, 2007

UI Press releases 2007 Simmons Short Fiction Award winner

Lee Montgomery's "Whose World Is This?" -- winner of the 2007 John Simmons Short Fiction Award -- will become available Sept. 15 from the University of Iowa Press.

Ann Cummins, author of "Red Ant House" and "Yellowcake," wrote: "Gutsy, unflinchingly honest, and full of raw beauty, these stories navigate the troubled terrain of abandonment, addiction, betrayal and hard-edged love."

And Ron Carlson, author of "A Kind of Flying" and "Five Skies," offered, "These edgy stories live and breathe in the space between a woman and her body, a world which Lee Montgomery offers with sharp insight. The gap hurts -- and glows -- the way certain lives do, as we sabotage ourselves and then shoulder the work toward redemption. 'Whose World Is This?' is a terrific collection."

Montgomery is a UI alumna. The author of "The Things between Us: A Memoir" and "Searching for Emily," she is the editorial director of Tin House Books and the executive editor of Tin House magazine.

Her fiction has appeared in Black Clock, the Iowa Review, the Denver Quarterly, Story Magazine, the Black River Review, the Santa Monica Review and the Antioch Review. Her nonfiction has been published in the Alaska Quarterly, the American Book Review, Boston Magazine, Travel Holiday, 'Scape, the Hollywood Reporter, Tin House, Paris Passion, the Boston Phoenix, the Oregonian, the New England Monthly, the Antioch Review and the anthology "The Honeymoon Is Over."

She has an undergraduate degree in biology from Antioch College and a Master of Fine Arts from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was the fiction editor for the Iowa Review.

While at the Iowa Review, Montgomery edited "Transgressions: The Iowa Anthology of Innovative Fiction," a special issue about experimental writing that was simultaneously released as a book by the UI Press in 1994. After leaving the UI she worked as the editor of the Santa Monica Review in Los Angeles for five years. She was the editor for the anthology "Absolute Disaster: Fiction from Los Angeles" and an editor at Dove Books.

The Iowa Short Fiction Award has been conducted annually by the Iowa Writers' Workshop since 1969. In 1988 the University of Iowa Press instituted the John Simmons Short Fiction Award -- named after the first director of the press -- to complement the ongoing award series. This competition is also conducted by the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

"Whose World Is This?" is available for sale at bookstores or directly from the University of Iowa Press by phone at 800-621-2736 or online at Customers in the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, or Africa may order from the Eurospan Group online at

The Iowa Writers' Workshop is a graduate program in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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