Author Profile: Shannon Cain

When I read that that Shannon Cain would be part of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Writers Live event October 6, there was no better week to profile her than this one. Her debut short story collection is being released this month from University of Pittsburgh Press as the Drue Heinz Literature Prize winner

From her official bio:

Shannon’s stories have been awarded the Pushcart Prize, the O. Henry Prize and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. They have appeared or are forthcoming in Tin House, The Colorado Review, the New England Review, American Short Fiction, Mid-American Review and Southwords: New Writing from Ireland. Shannon earned her MFA in 2005 from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. In 2008, she served on the National Endowment for the Arts’ funding panel on literary magazines and small presses.

She is the co-editor, with Lisa Bowden, of Powder: Writing by Women in the Ranks, from Vietnam to Iraq (Kore Press, 2008) and co-adapter of Coming In Hot, the stage adaptation of the book.

Shannon was the Summer 2011 Picador Guest Professor for Literature in the American Studies program at the University of Leipzig. She has taught fiction writing at the University of Arizona, Gotham Writers’ Workshop, Arizona State University and as a private coach and workshop facilitator.

She is the Artist-in-Residence for the City of Tucson’s Ward One and the fiction editor for Kore Press. Shannon lives in downtown Tucson with her teenage daughter. Her current creative project is Tucson, the Novel: An Experiment in Literature and Civil Discourse.