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Name: John Van Kirk
Title: Professor
Office: Corbly 449
Phone: 304 696 6637

Creative Works:
 Song for Chance. Novel. Pasadena: Red Hen Press, 2013.
“Landscape with Boys.” Short Story. The Iowa Review Fiction Prize, 2011. The Iowa Review 41:3 (Winter 2011).
“Concert(o).” Short Story. Sonora Review 60(2011).
“In the Shadow of Katahdin.” Short Story. Kestrel: a Journal of Literature and Art, Spring
“With the Rich, a Little Patience,” Short Story. Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, January 2007.
"Endless Wall" and "Lighthouse," Poems. Wild Sweet Notes II. Huntington, WV: Publisher's
Place, 2004.
"Reading a Mentor." Essay. West Branch. Spring 2002.
"Reading from the Cover In: Three New Novels." Essay. West Branch. Spring 2001.
"Collaborative Exercise for Beginning Writers." Associated Writing Programs Pedagogy Forum.
Spring 1995.
"Sin." Short Story. Bless Me, Father: Stories of Catholic Childhood. Ed. Amber Coverdale
Sumrall and Patrice Vecchione. New York: Penguin, NAL, 1994. 37-42.
"Only Afterward..." Paragraph 4.2 (1993): 13. Ed. Walker Rumble and Karen Donovan.
"Fiction Chronicle." Omnibus review of recent fiction. The Hudson Review 46.3 (1993): 600-
"The Stand In." Essay. The New York Times Magazine 10 Jan. 1993: 12.
"Above the Dales of Arcady, Alas." Essay. The New York Times 26 Jul. 1992: D26.
"Newark Job." Short Story. The Hudson Review 44.2 (1992): 585-601. (Reprinted in Prize
Stories 1993: The O. Henry Awards. Ed. William Abrahams. New York: Doubleday,
1993. 165-182.) (Reprinted in Made in North America: Contemporary Short Stories.
Ed. Dieter Smolka. Frankfurt am Main: Diesterweg, 1995.) (Reprinted in Writes of
Passage: Coming-of-Age Stories and Memoirs from The Hudson Review. Ed. Paula
Deitz. New York: Ivan R. Dee, 2008.)


2012 Marshall University Distinguished Artists and Scholars Award
2011 Iowa Review Fiction Prize for “Landscape with Boys” (short story)
Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellowship, Virginia Center for the
Creative Arts, Amherst, VA
2008 Eureka! Fellow, The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow, Eureka Springs, AR.
Fellow, Jentel Artists Residency Program. Banner, WY
Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellowship, Virginia Center for the
Creative Arts, Amherst, VA
1998 Pickens-Queen Teaching Award, Marshall University
1993 O.Henry Award for "Newark Job" (short story)
Readers' Digest, Lila Wallace Fellowship at The Millay Colony, Austerlitz, New
1992 Writing Fellow, Ucross Foundation, Ucross, Wyoming
Writing Fellow, Villa Montalvo, Saratoga, CA
1991 Writing Fellow, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts
1990 Katherine Anne Porter Fiction Prize, University of Maryland
1988 U.S. Navy Achievement Medal
1986 Venezuelan Naval Order of Merit, 3rd Class (awarded by President of Venezuela)
1985 Association of the U.S. Army Award for Academic Excellence, Defense
Language Institute, Monterey, CA
1985 Honor Graduate, Defense Language Institute (Spanish)

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