Professor Lysley Tenorio Nominated for Major Literary Prize

MFA and English Department Professor Lysley Tenorio is a finalist for the Joyce Carol Oates Prize sponsored by the Simpson Literary Project. The award, established in 2017, honors a distinguished mid-career author of fiction each year and comes with a $50,000 purse. The finalists were selected by an anonymous jury of authors nominated by publishers, reviewers, agents, authors, and other publishing individuals.

Tenorio’s latest novel, The Son of Good Fortune, came out from Ecco/HarperCollins in July 2020 and has already won the New American Voices Award. Tenorio’s book of short stories, Monstress, was published by Ecco/HarperCollins in 2012 and named a book of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Whiting Award, a Stegner fellowship, and the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as residencies from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Bogliasco Foundation. His stories have appeared in the Atlantic, Zoetrope: All-Story, and Ploughshares, and have been adapted for the stage by The American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and the Ma-Yi Theater in New York City.

The other finalists for the Joyce Carol Oates prize are Danielle Evans, Jenny Offill, and Darin Strauss. The authors will appear alongside author Joyce Carol Oates for an event on Tuesday, March 30, at 5 p.m. PST. Click here to join them. The winner will be announced in late April.

Read more about Tenorio here