Kyle Minor (born 1976) is an American writer. Born and raised in Florida, Minor lived in Ohio and Kentucky before settling in Indiana. He studied writing at The Ohio State University, where he was a three-time honoree in The Atlantic Monthly Student Writing Awards and a winner of the 2012 Iowa Review Prize for Short Fiction and Random House's Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers contest, and at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he reported on the 2012 United States presidential election for Esquire.
Minor has taught creative writing and literature at various schools, including The Ohio State University, the University of Toledo, Capital University, and Gotham Writers Workshop. He is currently an assistant professor of English and creative writing at Indiana University School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.
His debut collection of short fiction, In the Devil's Territory, which was described as being about how "personal secrets always exact a terrible price" in a review at the Boston Phoenix, included the novella A Day Meant to Do Less, which was chosen by George Pelecanos for Houghton Mifflin's Best American Mystery Stories 2008 anthology. His stories and essays also appear in literary journals including Esquire, Southern Review, Gettysburg Review, and Gulf Coast, and he writes a biweekly column for Salon.com. His second collection of short fiction, Praying Drunk, was called an "often dazzling, emotional, funny, captivating puzzle" by Publishers Weekly. In January 2015, it was awarded The Story Prize Spotlight Award, which honors a short story collection worthy of additional attention.
- Praying Drunk (short fiction, Sarabande Books, 2014)
- In the Devil's Territory (short fiction, Dzanc Books, 2008)
- The Other Chekhov (editor, with Okla Elliott, New American Press, 2008)
- "The Atlantic Monthly is pleased to announce...". The Atlantic Monthly, 2005, Retrieved July 30, 2013.
- Cerand, Lauren (9 July 2014), The PEN Ten with Kyle Minor, New York, NY: PEN America, retrieved 10 Aug 2014,
This week Lauren talks with Kyle Minor, the author of two collections of short fiction: In the Devil's Territory (2008) and Praying Drunk (2014). He is the winner of the 2012 Iowa Review Prize for Short Fiction and the Tara M. Kroger Prize for Short Fiction, one of Random House’s Best New Voices of 2006, and a three-time honoree in the Atlantic Monthly contest.
- Miller, Nicholas, "The Iowa Writers' Workshop," Iowa City Only, May 13, 2013, Retrieved July 30, 2013.
- "Iowa and the Too-Easy Magic of the Battleground," Esquire, November 6, 2012. Retrieved July 30, 2013.
- MacLaughlin, Nina, "Kyle Minor's Book of Secrets," The Boston Phoenix, Feb. 25, 2009. Retrieved July 30, 2013.
- "Fiction Review: Praying Drunk" in Publishers Weekly, July 2013, Retrieved July 30, 2013.
- Official Web Site
- Kyle Minor's essay "The Question of Where We Begin" in Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts (23.1).
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