Sunday, March 16, 2008

Pamela Erens is L.A. Times Book Prize finalist

The Los Angeles Times has announced the finalists for its 2008 Book Prize, and one of the five contenders for the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction is The Understory (Ironweed, 2007), a novel by Pamela Erens, author of "Sebastian," a short story in upstreet number three (p. 145). The Understory won the Ironweed Press Fiction Prize.

Pamela's short fiction has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and has appeared or is forthcoming in Chicago Review, Boston Review, The Literary Review, Bellingham Review, Skidrow Penthouse, and Redivider. Her work will be featured in the short-story anthology Visiting Hours (Press 53, 2008). A resident of New Jersey, she is the recipient of two New Jersey State Council for the Arts fellowships in fiction, most recently for 2007. Pamela has also published poetry, literary essays, articles and book reviews in a wide variety of newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, New York Newsday, Glamour, O: The Oprah Magazine, Michigan Quarterly Review, New England Review, Ms., and Mother Jones. A longtime editor at magazines including Glamour and 7 Days, she has won national awards for both her editing and her journalism.

upstreet wishes Pamela the best of luck in the competition. The Understory is available from several online sources, including Pamela's website.

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