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.