English Professor to Serve as Editor for Prestigious Pushcart Prize Anthologies

Tom Payne
Assistant Professor Tom Paine has been asked to serve as an editor on the board of the Pushcart Prize. The Pushcart Prize is an American literary prize that honors the best “poetry, short fiction, or essays” published in the small presses over the previous year. Along with the Best American Short Stories and the O. Henry Award, it is one of the most prestigious award anthologies for short fiction in the country.

Former editors include Anaïs NinBuckminster Fuller, Daniel Halpern, Gordon LishIshmael ReedJoyce Carol Oates, Paul BowlesRalph Ellison, and Reynolds Price.

Among the writers who received early recognition in Pushcart Prize anthologies are Kathy AckerSteven BarthelmeRick BassCharles BaxterRaymond Carver, Junot DiazAndre DubusWilliam H. GassPaul MuldoonJoyce Carol OatesTim O’BrienPeter OrnerKay RyanMona Simpson, and Wells Tower.

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