The 2008 Great Lakes College Association Fiction Writer Award Winner, Andy Mozina, focuses on sympathetic but flawed characters searching for intimacy, sanity, and redemption in his short story collection The Women Were Leaving the Men. Mozina will read and discuss his work at Albion College on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 5:10 p.m. in the College’s International House Auditorium. A book signing and reception will follow the reading.
In The Women Were Leaving the Men, Mozina pulls readers into the everyday lives of his characters, who struggle with things like odd obsessions, departed family members, and disruptive physical attributes. Though various literary magazines have published Mozina’s stories, this is his first full-length collection of short fiction, and it was a finalist for the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction. Its title story received special mention in the 2006 edition of The Pushcart Prize as was named a distinguished story in The Best American Short Stories 2005.
Mozina is an associate professor of English at Kalamazoo College, where he teaches creative writing. He is the author of Joseph Conrad and the Art of Sacrifice, and his short stories have appeared in numerous literary magazines including Tin House, the Massachusetts Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Fence, West Branch, Beloit Fiction Journal, and the Florida Review.
The Great Lakes Colleges Association is a consortium of private liberal arts colleges including Albion, Antioch, Denison, DePauw, Earlham, Hope, Kalamazoo, Kenyon, Oberlin, Ohio Wesleyan and Wabash Colleges and the College of Wooster. GLCA awards and programs both support excellent scholars and artists, as well as enhance the educational activities of its member colleges.
Mozina’s appearance is sponsored by the Albion College English department and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact assistant professor of English Helena Mesa at or 517-629-0232.