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Marjorie Celona

  • Assistant Professor

  • Office: 211 Alder Building
  • Phone: (541) 346-0540
  • Genre: Fiction

Profile

B.A. (Writing major and Professional Writing minor), University of Victoria; M.F.A., University of Iowa

Publications

Book Cover - Y (Celona) - Preferred

 

 

 

 

  • Y (Simon & Schuster, 2013)

Marjorie’s first novel, Y, was published in eight countries and won France’s Grand Prix Littéraire de l’Héroïne for Best Foreign Novel. Y was also shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, a finalist for the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize and the Dioraphte Jongerenliteratuur Prijs (Netherlands), and was selected as the #1 Indie Next Pick from IndieBound.

Her short stories, essays, and book reviews have appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, Harvard Review, The Believer, Elle Magazine, The Globe and Mail, and elsewhere.  She is currently at work on a second novel and a collection of stories.

Honors & Awards

  • Best Foreign Novel, Grand Prix Littéraire de l’Héroïne (France): Y (2014)
  • Shortlist, The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Prize: “Othello” (2014)
  • Drake University Emerging Writer Award (2014)
  • Shortlist, William Saroyan International Prize for Writing: Y (2014)
  • Shortlist, Dioraphte Jongerenliteratuur Prijs (Netherlands): Y (2014)
  • Semifinalist, VCU Cabell First Novelist Award: Y (2014)
  • Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award (2014)
  • Other Distinguished Stories of 2012, The Best American Short Stories 2013: “The Everpresent Hell of Other People” (2013)
  • 13: Best Canadian Short Stories: “The Everpresent Hell of Other People” (2013)
  • Finalist, Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize: Y (2013)
  • #1 Indie Next Pick for January from IndieBound: Y (2013)
  • Friends of American Writers Award: Y (2013)
  • Waterstones 11 Literary Prize (UK): Y (2013)
  • Finalist, Amazon.ca First Novel Prize (Canada): Y (2013)
  • Writers OMI at Ledig House Residency, Ghent, NY (2013)
  • Longlist, Giller Prize (Canada): Y (2012)
  • Notable Nonrequired Reading, Best American Nonrequired Reading 2011: “Family Stories” (2011)
  • 12: Best Canadian Stories: “Family Stories” (2011)
  • Canada Council for the Arts: Grant for Professional Creative Writers (2011)
  • Hawthornden Castle Fellowship, Hawthornden Castle, Scotland (2011)
  • 10: Best Canadian Stories: “This is When I Love You the Most” (2010)
  • Keeping the Wolves at Bay: Stories from Emerging American Writers: “This is When I Love You the Most” (2010)
  • Crazyhorse Fiction Prize: “This is When I Love You the Most” (2010)
  • Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship, Colgate University (2010)
  • John C. Schupes Post-doctoral Fellowship, Iowa Writers’ Workshop (2010)
  • Ailene Barger Barnes Prize for Excellence in the Short Story (2009)
  • The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2008: “Y” (2008)
  • 07: Best Canadian Stories: “Y” (2008)
  • RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers (Canada) (2008)
  • Iowa Arts Fellowship (2007-09)
  • Indiana Review’s Fiction Prize: “Y” (2006)

Author website: marjoriecelona.com

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