Richard Bausch Wins Rea Award for the Short Story
April 25, 2013
Workshop alumnus Richard Bausch has been awarded the 2012 Rea Award for the Short Story.
The Rea Award for the Short Story was founded in 1986 to be given annually to a living United States or Canadian writer whose work has made a “significant contribution to the discipline of the short story form”. The Rea Award is unique in that it is not given for lifetime achievement, a collection of stories or for a writer’s body of work but rather for originality and influence on the genre.
In their citation, award jurors Stuart Dybek and Richard Ford characterized Bausch's stories as "ever in search of the heretofore unsayable in human affairs. In doing so, they are incisive, surprising, felicitous, various, often mirthful, and unstintingly about those subjects we can not afford to ignore: matters of life and death, yes; but chiefly matters of life sustained."
Bausch is the author of eight story collections, most recently, Something Is Out There, published in 2010, and eleven novels, most recently, Peace, published in 2008.