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Name  David Means

Role  Writer
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Education  College of Wooster, Columbia University, Loy Norrix High School
Awards  Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada
Nominations  National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction
Books  The Secret Goldfish, Assorted Fire Events, The spot, Coitus: Stories, A Quick Kiss of Redempti

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David Means (born October 17, 1961) is an American short story writer and novelist based in Nyack, New York. His stories have appeared in many publications, including Esquire, The New Yorker, and Harper's. They are frequently set in the Midwest or the Rust Belt, or along the Hudson River in New York.


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Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Means graduated from Loy Norrix High School in 1980. He received his bachelor's degree in 1984 from the College of Wooster, where his I.S. was "Bullfighting in Boston and other Poems". He went to graduate school at Columbia University, where he received an MFA in poetry. He has been a part-time member of the English department at Vassar College since 2001. Means is married with two children.


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Contemporary Authors writes: "With Means's second collection, Assorted Fire Events: Stories, he was compared favorably to such esteemed writers as Raymond Carver and Alice Munro and praised by critics for his sharp prose." James Wood, in The London Review of Books notes that "Means' language offers an exquisitely precise and sensuous register of an often crazy American reality. Sentences gleaming with lustre are sewn through the stories. One will go a long way with a writer possessed of such skill. You can hear the influence of Flannery O'Connor in Means' prose: in the scintillating shiver of the beautiful imagery, in the lack of sentimentality, in the interest in grotesque violence, and gothic tricksterism." Eileen Battersby in The Irish Times has compared Means' work to that of Eudora Welty and John Cheever.

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His first novel is Hystopia.


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  • Los Angeles Times Book Prize (2000) for Assorted Fire Events
  • National Book Critics Circle Award (Finalist, 2000) for Assorted Fire Events
  • The Pushcart Prize (2001)
  • O. Henry Prize (2006) for "Sault Ste. Marie"
  • Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award (Shortlist, 2005) for The Secret Goldfish
  • O. Henry Prize (2011) for "The Junction"
  • References

    David Means Wikipedia

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