Gary Fincke is the Charles Degenstein Professor of Creative Writing and the Writers' Institute director at Susquehanna University. He has published eighteen books of poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction, including Blood Ties: Working-Class Poems, in 2001. His collection Writing Letters for the Blind won the 2002 Ohio State University Press book prize for poetry. In 2003, Dr. Fincke won the Flannery O'Connor Prize for Fiction for a new manuscript, entitled Sorry I Worried You. He has recently had his book manuscript The History of Permanence selected for the Stephen F. Austin University Press Poetry Prize, and that volume will be published in late 2011. Reviving the Dead is his newest book of poetry published by Time Being Books.
Winner of the Bess Hokin Prize from Poetry Magazine and the Rose Lefcowitz Prize from Poet Lore, Dr. Fincke has received a PEN Syndicated Fiction Prize as well as seven fellowships for poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. His poems, stories, and essays have appeared in such periodicals as Harper's, Newsday, The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, The Georgia Review, American Scholar, and Doubletake. Twice awarded Pushcart Prizes for his work, Dr. Fincke has had his prize-winning essay "The Canals of Mars" reprinted in The Pushcart Essays, an anthology of the best nonfiction printed during the first twenty-five years of the Pushcart Prize volumes.
Dr. Fincke also writes a bi-weekly newspaper column that has been reprinted in the Atlanta Constitution, The Cleveland Plain-Dealer, The Sacramento Bee, and dozens of other newspapers throughout the United States and Canada.
Dr. Fincke grew up in a working-class district near Pittsburgh and currently lives in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Elizabeth.
For more information, see www.susqu.edu/writers/fincke.htm.