Sharon Solwitz's collection of stories, Blood and Milk, won the Carl Sandburg Prize from Friends of the Chicago Public Library, the prize for adult fiction from the Society of Midland Authors, and was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. Awards for her individual stories, published in such magazines as TriQuarterly , Mademoiselle , and Ploughshares , include the Pushcart Prize, the Katherine Anne Porter Prize, the Nelson Algren, and first prize from Moment Magazine and the American Literary Review. A story of hers was reprinted in Best American Short Stories 2012 and another was selected for Best American Short Stories 2016 . She teaches fiction at Purdue University and lives in Chicago with her husband, poet Barry Silesky.
Her novel Once, in Lourdes [Random House (Spiegel and Grau)] is scheduled for publication in August 2017.
Her and Barry’s son Seth is scheduled to marry his fiancé Melissa Dunn in July, 2017.
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