University of Florida English professor Mary Robison has won the prestigious 2009 Rea Award for the Short Story.

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UF Professor Wins Short Story Prize in New York

University of Florida English professor Mary Robison has been awarded the 2009 Rea Award for the Short Story.

Robison, a Guggenheim Fellow and faculty member of the Creative Writing program, is the author of several short story collections, including Tell Me: Thirty Stories, Days, and Believe Them. She won the Los Angeles Times Book prize for her novel Why Did I Ever, and her novel One D.O.A., One on the Way was selected for 2009 Summer reading list of the Oprah Winfrey book club.

The award judges — Andrea Barnett, Amy Hempel, and Jayne Anne Phillips — commended Robison’s stories for “their lean, cool ferocity and their wry takes on people in pivotal moments.”

In addition to the award Robison will receive $30,000.

The Rea Award was founded in 1986 by writer Michael M. Rea and is given for making a “significant contribution in the discipline of the short story as an art form”. Previous winners include Joyce Carol Oates, John Updike, and Eudora Welty.

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Mary Robison, profrobison@gmail.com, 352-392-6650

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Jeff Stevens, CLAS Communications and Outreach, 352-846-2032

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