December 2016: Publishers Weekly selected Sycamoreas part of its spring preview, in which PW “predict[s] which books will stand out in the early months of 2017—which will make it to the top, in terms of attention, sales, and awards and prizes. We present hundreds of adult titles that we expect good things from, with the goal of offering booksellers, librarians, and others in the industry insight into the upcoming season. Our editors selected 50 titles, including a top 10, in each of 15 categories, considering thousands of books publishing from Feb. 1 to July 31, 2017.” Sycamore is listed in the literary fiction category.
April 18, 2015: I have accepted a new creative-writing teaching position at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I will begin teaching at UNC-Charlotte in Fall 2015, and the amazing TW and I will be moving to Charlotte this summer. I’m so looking forward to working with new colleagues and students at UNC while saying fond goodbyes to my friends and students at the University of Montevallo.
June 10, 2014: I received a 2014-15 Literary Arts Fellowship from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. From the judges: “Her work has been described as ‘deeply felt’ with beautiful imagery and offering a fresh voice that pulls readers immediately into the flow of the story.” More here.
April 23, 2014: I was selected as the winner in fiction for the 2014 Poets & Writers Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award, along with Alabama poet Harry Moore. The details of the award, from P&W: “In October, Ms. Chancellor and Mr. Moore will travel to New York City, all expenses paid, to meet with editors, agents, publishers, and others in the literary community. In addition, Ms. Chancellor and Mr. Moore will receive a $500 honorarium; present a public reading in New York City, hosted by Poets & Writers; and are invited to participate in a one-month residency at the Jentel Artist Residency Program in Wyoming.” More from P&W here and here, and I blogged about it here.
March 31, 2014: My short memoir, “Greetings from the Lighthouse Tour,” was a finalist in the Phoebe Nonfiction Contest judged by Cheryl Strayed.
December 13, 2013: My story collection, When Are You Coming Home?, was a finalist for the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction through the University of North Texas Press.