Ron Tanner

Baltimore, MD 21218-4332

Author's Bio

Ron Tanner’s writing has been named “notable” in both Best American Essays and Best American Short Stories and his awards include a Faulkner Society gold medal, a Pushcart Prize, a New Letters Award, a Best of the Web Award, and many others, as well as fellowships from the Michener/Copernicus Society, Sewanee Writers Conference, and the National Park Service, to name a few. He is the author of four books, most recently Missile Paradise, a novel named “notable” by the American Library Association. He teaches writing at Loyola University-Maryland and directs the Marshall Islands Story Project ( He and his wife live on an historic farm north of Baltimore, Maryland.

Publications and Prizes

A Bed of Nails (second printing 2007)
(BookMark Press, 2003)
, From Animal House to Our House: A Love Story
(Academy Chicago Publishing, 2013)
, Kiss Me, Stranger
(Ig Publishing, 2011)
, Missile Paradise
(Ig Publishing, 2016)
20 Under 30
(Scribner, 1986)
, Best of the Web
(Dzanc Books, 2008)
, Best of the West
(W. W. Norton & Company, 1991)
, The Pushcart Prize XIV
(Pushcart Press, 1990)
, Twenty Under Thirty: early works from today's influential writers
(Scribner, 1996)
American Fiction, Another Chicago Magazine, Carolina Quarterly, Chariton Review, Crab Orchard Review, Crazyhorse, Descant, Florida Review, Greensboro Review, Indiana Review, Iowa Review, Literary Review, Massachusetts Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Mid-American Review, New Letters, New Orleans Review, Quarry West, Quarterly, Short Story, StoryQuarterly, Turnstile, West Branch, wheelhouse magazine
Prizes Won: 
Faulkner Society Gold Medal, Pushcart Prize, New Letter's Fiction Competition first prize, Towson Prize for Literature, Best of the Web Award, G.S. Sharat Chandra Award, Story South Million Writers' Award, James Michener Fellowship,Jack Dyer Fiction Prize (Crab Orchard Review), Dakin Fellowship (Sewanee), Maryland Arts Grant (two), Best of the West award.

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Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer
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Last updated: Aug 15, 2018