Writer Robert Garner McBrearty of Louisville, Colorado, is the 2007 winner of the annual $15,000 Sherwood Anderson Writer's Grant, Michael M. Spear, co-president of the Sherwood Anderson Foundation, has announced.
"Of the many fiction entries to the Writer's Grant competition this year, we think McBrearty's writing is especially noteworthy for its blend of humor and pathos, and brings to American fiction many of the same strengths of Sherwood Anderson's writing," Spear said.
McBrearty, a native of San Antonio, Texas, and a 1981 MFA graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, submitted three short stories from a book he is working on titled, The Bike, Teach Us, and Episode. The latter is the title of the book. Some stories from the new collection in-progress have already been published in the North American Review, StoryQuarterly, and Narrative Magazine.
McBrearty won the Pushcart Prize in 1983 and has received three subsequent nominations for that prize.
McBrearty's first collection, A Night at the Y, received glowing reviews from Publisher's Weekly and the Chicago Tribune, which called it a "warm and engaging collection."
McBrearty called the writer's award a reaffirmation of his work. "It will serve as an inspiration for my future work," he said. He teaches writing at the University of Colorado in Boulder.
You can see more of his work at his website http://www.robertgarnermcbrearty.com/.
In making the award each year, the foundation is carrying on a tradition started by Anderson in the last century when he helped both William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway get published initially, Spear said.
Since the Sherwood Anderson Foundation started helping struggling writers in 1988, it has given more than $150,000 in grants, Spear said.
For more about the foundation and the grant competition, visit this web site: sherwoodandersonfoundation.org