The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize

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The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize


Paul Mihas of Durham, North Carolina, is the winner of the 2008 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize from the North Carolina Writers' Network for his story "This Is Not a Barren Place." Final judge Ashley Warlick said of the Mihas story: "The opening moments, where Nick Papadimitriou's wife cuts his body from the rafters of their garage are hauntingly realized within the attenuated timeline of tragedy, and the story's movement along these fragile currents of community grief in a strange open country is heartbreaking. This writer shows his ease with language, spoken and told, in a wealth of voices, on every page. Marvelous." Warlick, author of three novels published by Houghton Mifflin, also chose one story to receive honorable mention: "Miller's Deer" by Gary V. Powell of Cornelius, North Carolina (which appears on pages 128-35 of this issue of the Review.)

Prize winner Paul Mihas, the son of Greek immigrants, spent his childhood in Kemmerer, Wyoming and attended Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. He received his MA in English literature from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1989 and teaches creative writing at Duke University Continuing Studies. …

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