Former Merlyn's Pen Writers Gaining Recognition Today
AMITY GAIGE is the author of the acclaimed novel O MY DARLING (Other Press), selected in 2006 by the National Book Foundation for its "5 Under 35" list. This list each year honors the achievements of five first-time fiction writers. Ms. Gaige teaches creative writing at
DARA HORN published her first novel, IN THE IMAGE (W.W. Norton), when she was 25. The novel received a 2003 National Jewish Book Award, the 2002 Edward Lewis Wallant Award, and the 2003 Reform Judaism Fiction Prize. It was also chosen as one of the Best Books of 2002 by the San Francisco Chronicle ("stunning and absorbing") and one of the Top Five Novels of 2002 by the Christian Science Monitor ("a work of raw genius"). Her second novel, THE WORLD TO COME (Norton), won the 2006 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction and was picked as "Editors Choice" by the New York Times Books Review (a "rich, complex and haunting novel"). Her third novel, ALL OTHER NIGHTS: A NOVEL, was released in 2009 to wide acclaim: "Superb," said the Washington Post. "Engrossing" cheered the New York Times Book Review (Editors' Choice), and the Forward called it "Riveting."
CURTIS SITTENFELD'S novel PREP was chosen as one of the Ten Best Books of 2005 by The New York Times and nominated for the UK's Orange Prize. About her second novel, THE MAN OF MY DREAMS, The New York Times Book Review said, "Sittenfeld proves herself once again to be a rigorous and wily stylist. She writes clear, funny, unadorned prose, and packs her pages with clever observations without appearing to be trying. . . . The Man of My Dreams shows us a writer who is in it for the long haul." Her third novel, the best-selling AMERICAN WIFE, was recently reviewed by Joyce Carol Oates in the New York Times Book Review.
ASMA HASAN is the author of WHY I AM A MUSLIM (HarperCollins Thorsons/Element 2004) and AMERICAN MUSLIMS: A NEW GENERATION (Continuum 2000). Hasan has been a columnist for The Denver Post and The Pakistan Link newspapers. Her op-eds have been published in The New York Times, The
DAVID BARR KIRTLEY'S short fiction has been published in the magazines Realms of Fantasy, Weird Tales, On Spec, Cicada, and Read. His story "Save Me Plz" was selected for the 2008 edition of Fantasy: The Best of the Year. A screenplay adaptation of his story "Lest We Forget" was shot as a short film and shown at the New York Independent Film and Video Festival. He’s been profiled as part of "Speculative Fiction: The Next Generation" by Novel & Short Story Writer's Market.
Ray Bradbury recently wrote, “GREGORY MILLER is a fresh new talent with a great future.” Miller’s main arena is the short story, and his works have appeared in over fifty publications. His first collection, SCARING CROWS: 21 TALES FOR NOON OR MIDNIGHT, was published in 2009 by StoneGarden.net Publishing, and received praise from bestselling authors Piers Anthony, Brad Strickland, and James Morrow, and in numerous national and international small press reviews. His second collection, The Uncanny Valley: Tales from a Lost Town, is framed as a mysterious group of 33 tales and vignettes, all from the same unusual small town, each told by a different member of the community. One of them, “Miss Jennings’ Family,” made Ellen Datlow’s list of The Best Horror of the Year for 2010. THE UNCANNY VALLEY was published in May, 2011, and is available at all online retail outlets. Greg Miller can be contacted at email@example.com.