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Creighton professor earns $5,000 award for novel-in- progress, latest book just published

David MullinsThe Sustainable Arts Foundation, which supports artists and writers with children, selected Creighton University English professor David Mullins for a $5,000 Sustainable Arts Foundation Award for his novel-in-progress, The Houndsman. Mullins was one of 20 chosen out of more than 1,800 submissions for this prestigious award.

In its 10th year, the foundation makes annual unrestricted cash awards to individuals; at least half of these awards are made to applicants of color. The 2020 artists chosen for the award come from 18 U.S. cities, Costa Rica, and Turkey; they are parenting thirty-four children.

At the same time he received news of the award, Mullins latest book, The Brightest Place in the World, was published June 3, by the University of Nevada Press.

Inspired by true events, the novel, set in Las Vegas, Nevada, traces the lives of four characters haunted by an industrial disaster. The novel is a story of grief and regret, disloyalty and atonement, infatuation and love.

Mullins grew up in Las Vegas, and is the author of Greetings from Below: Stories, which won both the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction and the International Walter Scott Prize for Short Stories. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and his fiction has appeared in The Yale Review, The Massachusetts Review, New England Review, and elsewhere. He has received the Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame, the Dorothy and Granville Hicks Residency in Literature from Yaddo, an Individual Artist Fellowship in Literature from the Nebraska Arts Council, and a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He and his wife have three children.


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