Charles Baxter, Warren Wilson faculty member since 1987, has won the 2012 Rea Award for the Short Story.  The $30,000 award recognizes a living American or Canadian writer whose work has made a ” significant contribution to the discipline of the short story form.”

Prize judges praised Baxter’s “original mind and ironic wit” and his “acute feeling for the landscape of marriage, childhood, and art.”

The award website has not yet updated its list of winners, but you can read the press release at the Washington Post.

Baxter is the author of Gryphon: New and Selected Stories (Vintage Contemporaries) (2012, Vintage) and Burning Down the House: Essays on Fiction (2008, Graywolf).

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