Dr. Susan Finch, assistant professor of English, was selected as a finalist for Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Literary Award. Her story, “Nothing Less Than 20,000 Watts,” was selected from over 4,500 entries as one of four finalists. In the past, this award has recognized Louise Erdrich and Stuart Dybek, and the selection process for the finalists involves the Tribune’s literary editorial staff as well as three other well-established fiction writers including Rabih Alameddine, this year’s Harold Washington Award winner; Carmen Maria Machado, National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize winner and Akhil Sharma, Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award winner.
Finch teaches creative writing and specializes in fiction. Her work has appeared in numerous literary magazines, and currently, she is at work on a novel and a collection of short stories. Her award-winning story can be seen in the Chicago Tribune online.