Henry Alley

1293 Honors College University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403

Author's Bio

Henry Alley is a Professor Emeritus of Literature in the Honors College at the University of Oregon. He has four novels, Through Glass (Iris Press, 1979) The Lattice (Ariadne Press, 1986), Umbrella of Glass (Breitenbush Books, 1988), and Precincts of Light (Inkwater Press, 2010). Also his Leonardo and I appeared, winner of the Gertrude Press 2006 Fiction Chapbook Award. His stories have been published over the past forty years in such journals as Seattle Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Clackamas Literary Review and Harrington Gay Men’s Quarterly Fiction. His articles have been published in The Journal of Narrative Technique, Studies in the Novel, Twentieth Century Literature, and Kenyon Review. His essay on versions of Mrs. Dalloway came out in Papers on Language and Literature, and his article on the film and story Brokeback Mountain recently appeared in an anthology from McFarland Press. The University of Delaware Press published his book-length study, The Quest for Anonymity: The Novels of George Eliot, in 1997. He is active in the Lane Literary Guild in Eugene, Oregon. He is presently marketing several novels, including his latest, People Who Work, about a mother and son discovering their separate callings in the late 1960s. His treatment of the gay artist as tragic hero in The Picture of Dorian Gray can be read online in Comparative Literature and Culture from Purdue University. An article on D.H.Lawrence's influence on Tennessee Williams is in circulation.

Publications and Prizes

Precincts of Light
(Inkwater Press, 2010)
, The Lattice
(Ariadne Press, 1986)
, Umbrella of Glass
(Breitenbush Books, 1988)
Clackamas Literary Review, Gertrude, Harrington Gay Men's Fiction Quarterly, Seattle Review, Virginia Quarterly Review
Leonardo and I
(Gertrude Press, 2006)
Prizes Won: 
Honorable Mention, Richard Hall Memorial Short Story Contest, 2003. Second Life, Semi-finalist in the Elixir Novel Contest, 2004. Story Nominated for the Pushcart Prize XXX: 2006. Semi-finalist, Spokane Prize for Short Fiction, 2006. Story Nominated for the Pushcart Prize XXXI: 2007. Winner, Gertrude Press 2006 Fiction Chapbook Competition. Honorable Mention, August 2008 Very Short Fiction Competition, Glimmer Train. First Place, Gertrude Press Short Story Contest, 2015.

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
Someday This Pain Will be Useful to You by Peter Cameron

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Last updated: Jul 26, 2016