Writing Faculty Member Mary LaChapelle Receives O. Henry Prize for Floating Garden

Writing faculty member Mary LaChapelle’s story, Floating Garden, originally published in Salamander magazine, has been chosen as a winner of the O. Henry Prize, and is included in the O. Henry Prize Stories for 2017.

Named for the American short-story writer, the O. Henry Award is an annual American award given to short stories of exceptional merit. Published by Anchor Books and released on September 5, The O. Henry Prize Stories 2017 contains twenty stories by established and emerging writers. Floating Garden is recognized in the book as “a local story, held in place by its details of costume, setting, and the narrator’s home and family.”

“For many writers, the injustice and tragedy of the story’s beginning would have been enough, but Mary LaChapelle expands her narrative beyond those moments and creates what the reader wouldn’t guess to be possible—scenes of beauty, peace, and time well spent,” writes Editor Laura Furman.

Mary LaChapelle has been teaching at Sarah Lawrence College since 1992. She is the author of House of Heroes and Other Stories, and stories, essays, and anthologies published by New Rivers Press, Atlantic Monthly Press, Columbia Journal, Global City Review, Hungry Mind Review, North American Review, Newsday, and The New York Times. She is also a recipient of the PEN/Nelson Algren, National Library Association, Loft McKnight, and The Whiting Foundation awards, and fellowships from the Hedgebrook, Katherine Anne Porter, Edward Albee, and Bush foundations.

About Sarah Lawrence College

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