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Claire Vaye Watkins Wins 2013 Dylan Thomas Prize

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headshot of claire vaye watkinsWriter Claire Vaye Watkins, Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton, has been awarded the prestigious 2013 Dylan Thomas Prize for her debut short story collection Battleborn. Open to any published author in the English language under the age of 30, the prize celebrates the legacy of Welsh poet and writer Dylan Thomas who many believe wrote most of his best works in his twenties. Awarded annually, the prize provides international prestige and a remuneration of £30,000.

This is not the first award that Battleborn has won. Published in the U.S. in 2010 by Riverhead Books, it has since won The Story Prize; the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award; the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; and a Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame. A finalist for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and long-listed for The Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, Battleborn was named a best book of 2012 by the San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, Time Out New York, Flavorwire, and NPR.org. In 2012, Watkins was selected as one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35.”

Born in Bishop, California in 1984, Watkins was raised in the Mojave Desert, first in Tecopa, California and then across the state line in Pahrump, Nevada. A graduate of the University of Nevada Reno, she earned her M.F.A. from the Ohio State University, where she was a Presidential Fellow. Her stories and essays have appeared in Granta, One Story, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, Best of the West 2011, New Stories from the Southwest 2013, and The New York Times. She has received fellowships from the Writers’ Conferences at Sewanee and Bread Loaf and is also the co-director, with Derek Palacio, of the Mojave School, a non-profit creative writing workshop for teenagers in rural Nevada.
 

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Photo caption:  Claire Vaye Watkins, Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton, is the 2013 recipient of the Dylan Thomas Prize for her debut short story collection Battleborn.
Photo credit:  Photo by Lily Glass

 

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