Alice Mattison

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Alice Mattison is an American novelist and short story writer.

Life[edit]

Mattison was born in New York City and lives in New Haven CT. She has taught fiction at in the Low-Residency MFA Program in Writing at Bennington College[1] since 1995 and at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. Mattison has also taught for shorter periods at Brooklyn College, Yale University, Albertus Magnus College.

Mattison and the poet Jane Kenyon met at a writing workshop thirteen years before Kenyon's death in 1995 and forged a close friendship. Mattison has written about their friendship and mutual influence in an essay published in the Michigan Quarterly Review, entitled "Let It Grow in the Dark Like a Mushroom: Writing with Jane Kenyon."[2]

Career[edit]

Mattison's writing has been characterized in a review of "When We Argued All Night" (The New York Times Sunday Book Review): "Her prose is so crisp that along with all the pleasures of fiction she manages to deliver the particular intellectual satisfactions of an essay or a documentary."[3]

Bibliography[edit]

Books

  • "When We Argued All Night", (novel), Harper Perennial, 2012.
  • "Nothing Is Quite Forgotten in Brooklyn" (novel) Harper Perennial, September, 2008.
  • "In Case We’re Separated: Connected Stories" William Morrow/HarperCollins, October, 2005; New York Times Notable Book, 2005.[4] Paperback, Harper Perennial, 2006.
  • "The Wedding of the Two-Headed Woman" (novel) William Morrow/HarperCollins, August, 2004. Paperback, Harper Perennial, 2005.
  • "The Book Borrower" (novel) 1999, William Morrow and Co. Paperback, Harper Perennial, 2000. Reissued, HarperPerennial, 2008; New York Times Notable Book, 1999. [4]
  • "Men Giving Money, Women Yelling" (intersecting stories), Morrow, 1997. Paperback, Quill, 1998; New York Times Notable Book, 1997.[5]
  • "Hilda and Pearl" (novel) Morrow, 1995; large print edition, Thorndike Press, 1995. Paperback, Harper Perennial, 2001.
  • "The Flight of Andy Burns" (short stories), Morrow, 1993.
  • "Field of Stars" (novel) Morrow, 1992.
  • "Great Wits" (stories) Morrow, 1988. Paperback, Penguin,1990.
  • "Animals" (poems) Alice James Books, 1980.

Edited Book

  • As I Sat On The Green: Living Without a Home in New Haven (co-editor with Lezley TwoBears and Patricia Benedict); 2000, Citizens’ Project and Melville Charitable Trust.

Stories in Journals

  • “Raw Edge” Threepenny Review, Summer, 2013.[6]
  • “The Vandercook” Ecotone, 2011.
  • “Brooklyn Circle” The New Yorker, November 12, 2007[7]
  • “The Bad Jew” Glimmer Train, Fall, 2005
  • “Election Day” Michigan Quarterly Review, Summer, 2005
  • “In The Dark, Who Pats The Air” Shenandoah, Spring/Summer, 2005
  • “The Odds It Would Be You” Threepenny Review, Spring, 2005
  • “Pastries At the Bus Stop” Ms. Magazine, Spring, 2005

Awards[edit]

  • Many of Alice Mattison's short stories have been cited for distinction in The Best American Short Stories (1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2006.)
  • Four of her short stories have been awarded the Pushcart Prize, including “Three Bartlett Pears” (Pushcart Prize XXXVI, 2012), "The Odds It Would Be You" (Pushcart Prize XXXI, 2007), "I Am Not Your Mother" (Pushcart Prize XXIX, 2005) and "The Disappearing Teapot” (Pushcart Prize XXIV, 2000.)
  • "The Vandercook", was included in The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, 2012.[8]

Mattison's short story, "Election Day", was awarded the Lawrence Foundation Prize from Michigan Quarterly Review in 2005.

Mattison's novel, In Case We’re Separated, won the Connecticut Book Award for fiction in 2006.[9]

Interviews[edit]

  • (with Sarai Walker), “The Ecotone Interview With Alice Mattison”[10]
  • (with Sarah Anne Johnson), “An Interview with Alice Mattison”, Writer’s Chronicle, December, 2006.[11]
  • (with Sarah Anne Johnson),The Very Telling: Conversations with American Writers, UPNE, 2006.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bennington MFA in Writing Core Faculty and Writers-in-Residence". Bennington.edu. Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  2. ^ Alice Mattison. ""Let It Grow in the Dark Like a Mushroom": Writing with Jane Kenyon". Quod.lib.umich.edu. Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  3. ^ "Taking Sides ‘When We Argued All Night'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-02-15. 
  4. ^ a b "100 Notable Books of the Year". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-02-15. 
  5. ^ "Notable Books of the Year 1997". New York Times. December 7, 1997. Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  6. ^ Alice Mattison (Summer 2013). "Raw Edge". The Threepenny Review. Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  7. ^ Mattison, Alice (November 12, 2007). "Brooklyn Circle". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  8. ^ "The O. Henry Prize Stories". Randomhouse.com. Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  9. ^ "Connecticut Book Awards Cumulative Finalists and Winners". Connecticut Center for the Book. Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  10. ^ Walker, Sarai. "The Ecotone Interview with Alice Mattison". Ecotone. Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  11. ^ Sarah Anne Johnson (December 2006). "An Interview with Alice Mattison". Association of Writers & Writing Programs. Retrieved 2014-01-29.