Wendy Rawlings

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Wendy Rawlings (born 1967) is an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and critic. She is a professor of English at The University of Alabama.

Rawlings is the author of two books. Come Back Irish, a collection of short stories published by Ohio State University Press in 2001, was hailed by Ron Carlson as "a sharp collection rich with mordant humor that colors [Rawlings'] honest take on the tender estrangements that radiate from love and family."[1] In 2007, Rawlings won the Michigan Literary Fiction Award for her novel, The Agnostics, which was published that year by The University of Michigan Press. Novelist Sigrid Nunez called the novel "a poignant, exquisitely focused book."[2]

In addition, Rawlings has published short fiction, essays, and criticism in a variety of journals,[3] including AGNI,[4] The Atlantic,[5][6] Cincinnati Review, Crab Orchard Review, Fourth Genre, Massachusetts Review, The Normal School, Passages North, The Southern Review, Sonora Review, and Tin House.

Born in Washington D.C. in 1967, Rawlings grew up in Bayville, New York.[3] She received a B.A. from Trinity College (1988), an M.F.A. from Colorado State University (1996), and a Ph.D. from The University of Utah (2000). She has taught creative writing and literature at The University of Alabama since 2000,[7] and lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Published books[edit]


  • Michigan Literary Fiction Award, 2007 [10]
  • The Ohio State University Prize in Short Fiction, 2000[11]


  1. ^ "The Ohio State University Press". Ohiostatepress.org. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  2. ^ Wendy Rawlings. "The Agnostics". Press.umich.edu. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  3. ^ a b "Wendy Rawlings | Alabama English". English.ua.edu. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  4. ^ "AGNI Online: Spectacular Mistakes by Wendy Rawlings". Bu.edu. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  5. ^ "I'm from Ballymullet - 00.05". Theatlantic.com. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  6. ^ "Come Back Irish - 98.09". Theatlantic.com. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  7. ^ "CV | The Agnosticator". Wendyrawlings.org. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  8. ^ Wendy Rawlings. "The Agnostics". Press.umich.edu. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  9. ^ "The Ohio State University Press". Ohiostatepress.org. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  10. ^ "Michigan Literary Fiction Awards - The University of Michigan Press". Press.umich.edu. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  11. ^ "The Ohio State University Press". Ohiostatepress.org. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 

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