MA in Writing Faculty Rion Scott Wins PEN/Bingham Prize

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Rion Amilcar Scott

Rion Amilcar Scott
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MA in Writing faculty Rion Amilcar Scott has been named the winner of this year’s prestigious PEN/Bingham Prize for his short story collection Insurrections.

The PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction honors an exceptionally talented fiction writer whose debut work — a novel or collection of short stories — represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise. Rion Scott will receive a cash award of $25,000, a stipend intended to permit the pursuing of a second work of literary fiction.

Here is the judges’ citation:

Rion Amilcar Scott’s prose — thickly textured with colloquialisms and dialect — delivers truth with straight-faced aplomb. These are hard, humane stories, free of grandstanding yet full of grace,  that loom in the mind long after reading. We were better off for having read Insurrections.