Eric Blix

Fiction Writer

Minneapolis, MN

Author's Bio

My first book, a story collection entitled Physically Alarming Men, is forthcoming from Stephen F. Austin State University Press. The stories in this collection explore the complications of a present contaminated by the past. Some plots: a trio of fraudsters set up camp outside a northern Minnesota Peat Bog hoping to kidnap two brothers said to be gifted with the ability to heal; an emotionally stunted maintenance worker steals his wealthy client's child to go noodling for catfish; a woman abandons her husband on the side of the road during a quixotic road trip to his hometown. Originally from northwestern Minnesota, I earned my MFA at Minnesota State University, Mankato. I currently reside in Salt Lake City, where I study in the PhD program in creative writing at the University of Utah.

Publications & Prizes

Physically Alarming Men (Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2017)
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Necessary Fiction
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Western Humanities Review
Prizes won: 

Pushcart Prize nomination for "Golden Years," originally published in J Journal

Emerging Artist Grant & Residency, Tofte Lake Center in conjunction with Jerome Foundation, Ely MN, Summer 2017 (expected); $800

Artist-in-Residence, Sundress Academy for the Arts, May 6-21, 2016, Knoxville, TN; $125

Innovation in Teaching Award, MNSU English Department, 2014-15 school year; $200

Personal Favorites

What I'm reading now: 
Double or Nothing by Raymond Federman

More Information

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Norwegian American
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Born in: 
Saint Paul
Raised in: 
Thief River Falls, MN
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Last update: Dec 28, 2016