Kate McIntyre Wins the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction


City of Worcester

WPI Humanities and Arts assistant professor Kate McIntyre has won the 2020 Flannery O’Connor Award, selected by the best-selling writer, social commentator, and chair of this year’s National Book Awards in Fiction,Roxane Gay. McIntyre’s collection, Mad Prairie, will be published by University of Georgia Press in September 2021. Mad Prairie tracks the intersecting lives of a group of characters living in a strange, sinister version of contemporary Kansas, proving that this oft-overlooked area of the country festers with narrative possibility. In Mad Prairie, the characters journey from confinement—physical, political, and ideological—toward freedom and equality.