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Susan Penn wins Michael Adams Thesis Prize in Fiction

Posted: August 26, 2008

Susan Prout Penn, graduate of the M.A. Creative Writing Program, has been awarded the Michael Adams Thesis Prize in Fiction for her thesis “Savoring the Fun.” 

 “Savoring the Fun” is a collection of short stories exploring the experiences of adolescent to middle-aged women in the San Francisco Bay Area from 1967 to the present.  The stories are loosely tied together by setting and repeated themes of isolation and alienation.

The Michael Adams Prize gives two awards yearly for the top fiction and poetry thesis by UT Creative Writing graduates. This year is the first time for the award, which comes with a $2000 prize.  Readers from outside of UT, a poet and fiction writer of national distinction, judge the award anonymously.  The judge for fiction said that Susan’s collection is “a clear, serious look at lives unlucky in ordinary ways…vivid and moving."

Susan also received the Adele Steiner Burleson Award in Fiction in 2006 as a graduate student, and the Adele Steiner Burleson Award in Fiction and Poetry as an undergraduate in 2004. 

Susan graduated from the University of Texas-Austin with a degree in English in 2004. She completed her M.A. in Creative Writing in May 2008. Her thesis was supervised by Dr. Elizabeth Harris; the second reader was Dr. Michael Adams. Susan is currently finishing her short story collection.
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