Essay "The Serious Smile"
Essay chosen as a New Letters finalist for the Dorothy Cappon Prize for the Best Essay.
Essay "Having Faith"
"Having Faith" is winner of the Thomas Wilhelmus Award for Nonfiction:
"I like the descriptive accuracy and clarity of this piece as well as the 'attitude' it conveys. The author/narrator/persona is the kind of skeptical, intelligent and quick-witted person we can well admire--refreshing in a situation (a heart transplant hospital) where other writers would be either too grisly or too 'heartfelt'. Writers shouldn't have to add drama or style in order to be persuasive, just speak with what appears to be their normal, honest (and in this case unsparing) voice."
-Thomas A. Wilhelmus
2013-14 STANFORD CALDERWOOD FELLOW, THE MACDOWELL COLONY
The McDowell Colony, founded in 1907, is the oldest artists colony in the United States. The mission of The MacDowell Colony is to nurture the arts by offering creative individuals of the highest talent an inspiring environment in which they can produce enduring works of the imagination. The sole criterion for acceptance to The MacDowell Colony is artistic excellence.
WINNER, 2014 Promise Award from The Sustainable Arts Foundation
"Terrance Flynn's terrific memoir-in-progress, Dying To Meet You, tells the story of how Flynn received a heart transplant shortly after he and his partner became fathers via traditional surrogacy. It's a dramatic story, told with an understated tone and dry humor that make us eager to read the finished book."
AWARDED 2013 EMERGING VOICES FELLOWSHIP
Pen Center USA Emerging Voices is a literary fellowship that aims to provide new writers with the tools they will need to launch a professional writing career. The Emerging Voices Fellowship is directed toward poets and writers of fiction and creative nonfiction with clear ideas of what they hope to accomplish through their writing. PEN Center USA cultivates a diverse, dynamic and engaged literary community that includes emerging and existing writers, translators, editors, agents, publishers, booksellers, teachers, librarians, readers: everyone who loves and supports language and literature.
WINNER OF THE RATTLING WALL’S ANNUAL MICROFICTION CONTEST
The Rattling Wall is a literary journal based in Los Angeles, CA. The journal publishes sophisticated short fiction, travel essays, and poetry.
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FINALIST FOR 2013 WABASH PRIZE FOR NONFICTION
JUDGED BY CHERYL STRAYED