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Fiction writer DAN CHAON, born and raised in Sidney,
Nebraska, is the author the collections Among the Missing
(Ballantine, 2002) and
Fitting Ends (Northwestern UP, 1996; reprinted by
Ballantine, 2003) and has
received many awards, as well as being a finalist for the National
Book Award (2001). Among the Missing
was listed as one of the ten best books of 2001 by the
American Library Association, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe,
The Las Vegas Mercury, and Entertainment Weekly.
It was also cited by Publishers Weekly, The Washington Post, and
The New York Times as one fo the Notable Books of the year.
The collection has been translated into several languages.
His novels include You Remind Me of Me (Ballantine) and
Await Your Reply (Random House).
His work appears in
Best American Short Stories 1996 and 2003, The Pushcart Prize 2000, 2002, and 2003, TriQuarterly, Ploughshares,
American Short Fiction, Crazyhorse, Gettysburg Review, MSS, Story, Helicon,
Mid-American Review, and elsewhere. He won the Raymond Carver
Memorial Award and has been a "Special Mention" several times in
the Pushcart Prize for fiction. His story
"Big Me" won 2nd prize and is reprinted from
Gettysburg Review (Summer 2000) in Prize Stories 2001: The O Henry
He lives in Cleveland and teaches creative writing at Oberlin College,
where he is the Pauline M Delaney Professor of Creative Writing.