The MFA in Creative Writing Program at Manhattanville College

Professor Elizabeth Eslami wins Ohio State University Short Fiction Prize

We’re thrilled to announce that our very own fabulous fiction professor Elizabeth Eslami has just been awarded the Ohio State University short fiction prize for Hibernate. Read all about it at the Ohio State University webpage and on Eslami’s blog.

In this collection of stories — which was also a finalist for the 2011 Flannery O’Connor Award in Short Fiction — characters slowly wake to hard choices. A Sudanese immigrant tries to start a life with his girlfriend in the United States, only to find himself pulled toward his mother’s past. A group of American tourists visits an Indian Pueblo and realizes their tour guide isn’t at all who they expected. Their ship moored on the ice, a captain and his men cling to the company of narwhals and Eskimos. Published separately in numerous literary journals, these stories form a dazzling landscape of the strange and joyful.

Iranian-American author Elizabeth Eslami is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers. After completing her graduate studies, she moved to rural southwestern Montana, where she spent four years working a variety of odd jobs, including housesitter and hotel maid, while completing her first book, the acclaimed debut novel Bone Worship, (Pegasus, 2010).