Recognition

Society of Midland Authors 2015 award for Fiction (The Confessions of Francis Godwin)

Audie Award (2011), Tantor Media. Snakewoman of Little Egypt, read by Coleen Marlo.

Washington Post “Best Novels of 2010” (Snakewoman of Little Egypt)
Kirkus Reviews “Top 25: 2010 Best Fiction” (Snakewoman of Little Egypt)
Society of Midland Authors 2002 runner-up Award for Fiction (Blues Lessons)
Illinois Arts Council Finalist’s Award (2001)
Los Angeles Times “Best Fiction of 1998” (Fall of a Sparrow)
Publisher’s Weekly “Best ‘98 Books” (Fall of a Sparrow)
Society of Midland Authors 1995 Award for Fiction (The Sixteen Pleasures)
Illinois Arts Council Artist’s Grant (1990-91)
NEA Artist’s Fellowship (1989)
PEN Syndicated Fiction Award (1988)
Illinois Arts Council Artist’s Grant (1987-88)
Finalist in the PEN Nelson Algren Competition (1986)
Illinois Arts Council Artist’s Literary Award (1985)
Illinois Arts Council Artist’s Grant (1984-85)
Illinois Arts Council Artist’s Grant (1983-84)
Honorable Mention in The California Quarterly short-fiction competition (1982) (“The Mountain of Lights”)
Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Creative Writing (1981-82)
NEH Summer Seminar, Princeton (1979)
NEH Fellowship in Residence, University of Chicago (1975-76)
NDEA Title IV Fellowship, Princeton (1965-68)
Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, University of North Carolina (1964-1965)
Exchange Fellowship, The Queen’s University of Belfast (1963-64)
Phi Beta Kappa
Phi Kappa Phi
Graduated “With High Honors” from the University of Michigan (1963)