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Cary Groner

Author's Bio

Cary Groner grew up in the Midwest, earned his BFA in directing from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, then worked as a journalist for more than twenty years, covering theatre, film, healthcare, science, and environmental issues. During this time he also studied Buddhist meditation and philosophy with the late Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche. In 2009, he received his MFA in fiction writing from the University of Arizona. His first novel, Exiles, won the 2009 Hackney Literary Award and was published by Spiegel & Grau /​ Random House in June 2011. Cary's short stories have appeared in numerous venues, including Glimmer Train, Mississippi Review, Southern California Review, American Fiction, Tampa Review, and Sycamore Review. Cary and his wife live in the San Francisco bay area.

Publications and Prizes

Exiles (Spiegel & Grau, 2011)
Hackney Literary Award (novel category) 2009-10; Glimmer Train Fiction Open 2008; Hackney Literary Award (short story category)2008-9; Southern California Review Award (short story)2010; American Fiction Award (second prize, short story) 2009; Faulkner-Wisdom Award (second prize) 2009

Personal Favorites

Favorite Books:
Infinite Jest; The English Patient; The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle; Life of Pi; The Corrections; Kavalier & Clay; Empire Falls; Anna Karenina; The Moral Animal; The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying; In Other Rooms, Other Wonders; Light in August; The Old Man and the Sea
Favorite Authors:
David Foster Wallace; Michael Ondaatje; Haruki Murakami; Alice Munro; Chekhov; Jonathan Franzen; Michael Chabon; Richard Russo; Antonya Nelson; Daniyal Mueenuddin; Jumpa Lahiri; Shakespeare

Please note: All information in the Directory is provided by the listed writers or their representatives.
Listing last updated: July 14, 2011

More Information

Listed as:
Fiction Writer
Gives readings?
Travels for readings?
Identifies as:
Buddhist, Caucasian
Prefers to work with:
Adults, Teachers
Fluent in:
Born in:
Kansas City, MO
Raised in:
Kansas City, KS
Barbara Braun

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