Kent Nelson Wins Prize

Sewanee Review contributor Kent Nelson has won the The Drue Heinz Literature Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press for his book of The Spirit Bird: Stories. This collection includes two short stories that were originally published in the SR—"Seeing Desirable Things" and "The Sunbittern," which appears in The Spirit Bird as "La Garza del Sol." PEN/Faulkner Award Winner David Guterson, who judged the competition, said of Nelson’s work: “It’s a collection set in disparate geographies and touching on disparate lives, but it explores consistently the terrain of loneliness and yearning. . . . These stories open out instead of closing up.” You can read the collection's title story, “The Spirit Bird,” over at the VQR. The story focuses on a group of birders, characters no doubt familiar to Nelson, who according to the VQR “has a North American life bird list of 748 species” (wow!).

Look for Nelson's most recent fiction, a short story called "Lucky," in our summer 2014 issue.