Marshall N. Klimasewiski
Fellow: Awarded 2009
Field of Study: Fiction
Competition: US & Canada
Senior Writer-in-Residence and Director of the Writing Program at Washington University in St. Louis, Marshall N. Klimasewiski is among the leading lights in the younger generation of American fiction writers. His first published story, “Tanner and JunHee,” appeared in the “Fiction Discoveries” special issue of Ploughshares (Winter 1988) when Mr. Klimasewiski was a first-year graduate student in the Creative Writing Program at Bowling Green State University. After finishing his M.F.A. (1990) he taught for a year at the University of Hartford before pursuing a second master’s degree at Boston University, which he completed in 1993.
His short stories continued to be published in the premiere literary magazines, such as The Antioch Review, Yale Review, Triquarterly, and Tin House. “JunHee,” which appeared in The New Yorker (January 1991), was selected for inclusion in Best American Short Stories 1992, and in three later volumes of that estimable perennial (1994, 1998, 2001) his stories were listed among the “100 Other Distinguished Stories.” Ploughshares gave the nod to “Snowfield” for its Cohen Award in 1994; “Nobile’s Airship” won Yale Review’s Smart Family Foundation Prize in 1999; and “The Third House” was included in The Best of Tin House: Stories in 2006.
The Cottagers (Norton 2006) was Mr. Klimasewiski’s first novel. Writing in Ploughshares (Fall 2006), Fred Leebron praised his foray into the longer form as “an edgy and compelling story,” and it was a New York Times Editor’s Choice. His collection of short stories Tyrants (Norton, 2008) was also very well received. Publishers Weekly (8 October 2007) raved in its starred review that Marshall Klimasewiski “has talent to spare; every story is good.”
Mr. Klimasewiski has held a Writing Fellowship to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown (1994-95); a Writing Residency at Yaddo (1996); a Creative Writing Fellowship at Emory University (1997-99); and a NEA Creative Writing Fellowship (2002). He will be working on his second novel, tentatively titled Hyperborea, during his Guggenheim Fellowship term.