upstreet author Tiff Holland has received the Rose Metal Press Fifth Annual Chapbook Award for short fiction. Her book, Betty Superman, was chosen from among 117 contestants by judge Kim Chinquee, and will be released in July 2011.
Rose Metal Press describes the book this way: “The stories in Betty Superman are true, except when they’re not. They’re based on Tiff Holland’s relationship with her mother, a story arc all its own, only Betty isn’t her mother and Holland’s not the narrator, not completely. … In unsentimental and percussive prose, Holland examines Betty as character, dragon lady, and mother.”
Tiff’s essay “Ooh Baby” was published in upstreet number four, and her essay “Eidetic” in upstreet number five. She earned her PhD in Creative Writing from the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi. Her poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in many other journals and anthologies, including Hobarts, Smokelong Quarterly, The Atlanta Review, The Mississippi Review, and Elimae. In 2007 her story “The Boys” was named one of StorySouth’s top 100, and the following year “Cadet” one of Wigleaf’s top 50. She has also won a Wick Award from Kent State University. Her poetry chapbook, Bone in a Tin Funnel, is available through Pudding House Press.
Tiff lives in Round Rock, Texas, with her husband and daughter, and teaches at Austin Community College.