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Released January 25, 2005

SOUTHERN MISS ENGLISH PROFESSOR’S STORY HONORED

HATTIESBURG - A professor in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Writers has had his short story selected as one of the year’s 20 best stories in Pushcart Prize XXIX, Best of the Small Presses.

Steven Barthelme’s story, “Claire,” originally published in the Yale Review, appears in the 2005 edition of the award-winning anthology. The story was chosen from among “nearly 8000 nominations,” according to the editors.

“It’s a great honor,” said Barthelme, a professor of English who teaches fiction and nonfiction writing. “I was pleased and surprised to hear they picked the story.”

Barthelme also said “Claire” is part of a book-length collection he’s working on. The same story was chosen by the Texas Institute of Letters for its annual short story award last April. Another of the writer’s stories appeared in the Pushcart Prize XVII in 1993.

Barthelme has won a number of writing awards over the years, including Artist Fellowships in both fiction and nonfiction from the Mississippi Arts Commission. He has published well over 100 pieces in magazines and newspapers and is the author of two books.

A third book, a collection of essays and occasional pieces, will be issued later this year by a press in California.

Called by author Frank Conroy “indispensable for anyone with an interest in what is really going on in contemporary writing,” the Pushcart Prize anthology each year collects distinguished works from literary journals and quarterlies and republishes them for a wider audience. Stories, essays, and poems are included.

In his introduction to the 29th edition, Bill Henderson, founding editor, writes of this volume, “This was a vintage year.”

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April 1, 2005 11:10 AM