John Blair

Fiction Writer, Poet

Dept. of English 401 University Dr
San Marcos, TX 78666

Author's Bio

John Blair is the author of the award winning collection of short stories American Standard, which won the Drue Heinz Literature Award, one of the world's most prestigious prizes for short fiction, as well as three prize-winning collections of poetry, Playful Song Called Beautiful, The Green Girls and The Occasions of Paradise, and two novels, A Landscape of Darkness and Bright Angel.

Publications & Prizes


American Standard (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2002)


Playful Song Called Beautiful (University of Iowa Press, 2016)
The Occasions of Paradise (University of Tampa Press, 2012)
The Green Girls (Pleiades Press, 2003)
Prizes won: 

The Iowa Award in Poetry, 2015
Dana Award in Poetry, 2015
Florida Review Editors Prize in Poetry, 2014
Tusculum Review Prize in Fiction, 2014
The Tampa Review Prize in Poetry, 2012
The St. Petersburg Review Prize in Poetry, 2010
The William Goyen/Doris Roberts Fellowship Grant of the Christopher Isherwood
Foundation, 2009
Arts & Letters Rumi Prize for Poetry 2008 (awarded for “Dogs of Grass”)
Phoebe Winter Fiction Award 2007 (awarded for “The Road to Little Happiness”)
The Andrew Lytle Prize for Fiction 2006(awarded for “Low Tide Turning”)
Co-winner of the Texas Institute of Letters Helen C. Smith Memorial Award for Best
Book of Poetry, 2004
Presidential Seminar, 2003
The Drue Heinz Literature Prize for Fiction 2002 (awarded for American Standard)
The Lena-Miles Wever Todd Award for Poetry 2003 (awarded for The Green Girls)

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Scotch-Irish American
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Last update: Sep 05, 2015