MELANIE RAE THON

Curriculum Vitae Biosketch

MELANIE RAE THON portrait
  • Professor, English

Biography

Honors & Awards

  • Fellowship in Creative Arts. John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 04/05/2016
  • Utah Book Awards, Adult Fiction Winner for In This Light: New & Selected Stories. Utah Humanities Council, Salt Lake City Library, and Utah Arts and Museums, 10/2012
  • Reading the West Book Award, Adult Fiction Winner: The Voice of the River, a novel. Awarded in 2012 for books published in 2011. Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association, 06/2012
  • The Gina Berriault Award for Fiction: http://www.facebook.com/events/420648437949115/. San Francisco State University, 04/2012
  • Faculty Fellow Award. University of Utah, College of Humanities, 01/2012
  • Artist of the Month. http://imagejournal.org/page/artist-of-the-month/melanie-rae-thon. Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion, 01/01/2010
  • Virgil C. Aldrich Fellow, Tanner Humanities Center (awarded 2008). Fiction Project: The Voice of the River. University of Utah, 01/2009
  • Faculty Fellow Award. University of Utah, 2008
  • Grant for Fiction Project: The Voice of the River. National Endowment for the Arts, 2008
  • “Confession for Raymond Good Bird,” story, included in Pushcart Prize XXXII: Best of the Small Presses. Pushcart Press, 2008

Biography

Melanie Rae Thon's most recent books are  Silence & SongThe 7th Man,  and  The Good Samaritan Speaks.  She is also the author of the novels  The Voice of the RiverSweet HeartsMeteors in August,  and  Iona Moon,  and the story collections  In This Light, Girls in the Grass,  and  First, Body.  Thon’s work has been included in  Best American Short Stories  (1995, 1996),  three  Pushcart Prize Anthologies  (2003, 2006, 2008),  and  O. Henry Prize Stories  (2006).  She is a recipient of a Fellowship in Creative Arts from The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, a Whiting Writer's Award, the Hopwood Award, two Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association Reading the West Book Award, the Gina Berriault Award, and a Writer's Residency from the Lannan Foundation.  In 2009, she was Virgil C. Aldrich Fellow at the Tanner Humanities Center.  Thon's fiction has been translated into French, Italian, German, Spanish, Croatian, Finnish, Japanese, Arabic, and Farsi.  Originally from Montana, Melanie now lives in Salt Lake City, where she teaches in the Creative Writing and Environmental Humanities programs at the University of Utah.

 

In the Media

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Africa
  • Antarctica
  • Europe
  • Northern America