Ron Tanner

Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer

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 & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

From Animal House to Our House: A Love Story (Academy Chicago Publishing, 2013)


Best of the Web (Dzanc Books, 2008)
Twenty Under Thirty: early works from today's influential writers (Scribner, 1996)
Best of the West (W. W. Norton & Company, 1991)
The Pushcart Prize XIV (Pushcart Press, 1990)
20 Under 30 (Scribner, 1986)
Missile Paradise (Ig Publishing, 2016)
Kiss Me, Stranger (Ig Publishing, 2011)
A Bed of Nails (second printing 2007) (BookMark Press, 2003)
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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Last update: Aug 15, 2018