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MARY HELEN STEFANIAK is a writer of [short stories, novellas,] fiction and personal essays. Her work has appeared in Redbook, The Iowa Review, EPOCH, Short Story, The Yale Review, AGNI, The Antioch Review, and in several anthologies, including New Stories from the South: The Year's Best (Algonquin Books); [and] In the Middle of the Middle West: An Anthology of Creative Non-Fiction ([forthcoming from] Indiana University Press), and A Different Plain (University of Nebraska Press). A graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop and fourteen-year veteran of the Iowa Summer Writing Festival faculty, she is currently an Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Creighton University in Omaha. Her collection of short stories, Self Storage (New Rivers Press), was selected by the Wisconsin Library Association to receive the 1998 Banta Award for Literary Excellence, and her novella, "The Turk and My Mother" (EPOCH, Fall 2000) was shortlisted for the O Henry Prize. W.W. Norton & Company published her novel, also entitled The Turk and My Mother, in 2004. The novel received the 2005 John Gardner Ficton Book Award from Binghamton University, it was recognized for Outstanding Achievement by the Wisconsin Library Association, and it was included on the "Best Fiction of 2004" list by The Chicago Tribune. Her most recent book is the novel The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia (WW Norton, 2010). Stefaniak has served as a commentator on Iowa Public Radio and a columnist for The Iowa Source.

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