THOMAS BENZ graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame. He recently won the 2017 Serena McDonald Kennedy Award for a short story collection called “Home and Castle.” The book is to be published by Snake Nation Press in the fall. In the last several years, he has had fifteen stories published in magazines including: the Madison Review, the Timber Creek Review, Willard and Maple, Blue Lake Review, the Beacon Street Review, the Paumanok Review, Carve, the William and Mary Review, the Mud Season Review, and the Blue Penny Quarterly.
He received honorable mention for stories in the New Millennium Fiction Contest in 2014, 2015, and 2016. He won the summer, 2011 Solstice Short Story Contest judged by David Huddle and was a finalist in 2013. In selecting the winning story, Mr. Huddle said, “‘Casual Impostor’ is compelling from first sentence to the last. It’s a narrative meditation on identity; it’s smartly crafted and sharply written; its turns are surprising and illuminating, and its conclusions make a reader feel richly rewarded.”
He was a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Book Award in 2011 and 2013. He also received honorable mention in the 2014 and 2015 New Millennium Writings short fiction contests and was a semi-finalist for the Horatio Nelson Prize sponsored by Black Balloon Publishing. His first novel “Harraway’s Call” is currently being considered by Stillhouse Press. An editor at Writers’ Services described it, saying, “this is an understated and restrained novel, beautifully written, delicately observed, and difficult to put down.” She added that it had drawn believable characters that readers care about “even when they are behaving badly.”
He is a former member of the Literary Writers Network and the Writers Workspace and a current member of Off Campus Writers Workshop. His aim is to write fiction that balances serious conflicts with strong doses of irony and humor, in order to represent a proper balance of sadness and joy, and the interplay between them. He lives with his wife and son in Evanston, Illinois, and occasionally, on the shore of Lake Monona in Madison, Wisconsin.
December 20, 2017
The editing and proofreading and thousand other things that go into putting a book together are thankfully finished and my story collection Home and Castle is at last coming out in early January. (see www.snakenationpress.org for the Editor’s statement and further details). Most of the stories in it were originally published in literary journals such (…read more)
THOMAS BENZ graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame. He recently won the 2017 Serena McDonald Kennedy Award for a short story collection called “Home and Castle.” The book is to be published by Snake Nation Press in the fall. In the last several years, he has had fifteen stories (…read more)