Criticism is an act which involves a restless seeking after the essence of art . . . it must illumine the necessary relation between art and life.— George Core

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 manuscript of The Spirit Bird: Short Storiesa collection that includes three stories originally published in the SR. 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.” To get a taste of the as yet unpublished collection, you can read what is presumably the title story, “The Spirit Bird,” over at the VQR.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, "Lucky," in our soon-to-be-released summer 2014 issue.