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English, General Literature and Rhetoric

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Alexi Zentner

Assistant Professor

English, General Literature and Rhetoric


  • BA, Grinnel College
  • MFA, Cornell University

Research Interests

  • creative writing
  • contemporary fiction


  • Touch shortlisted for the First Novel Award

  • the 2011 Governor General's Literary Award
  • The Center for Fiction's 2011 Flahery-Dunnan First Novel Prize
  • and the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. Longlisted for the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize
  • and the 2013 Dublin IMPAC Award.
    Named to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (The CBC) list of 12 Canadian Writers to Watch: “The future of this country's literature.”
    Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection 2011
    Knopf Canada New Face of Fiction selection 2011
    Best American Short Stories 2009 “100 Other Distinguished Stories”
    The O. Henry Prize Stories 2008 Winner and Jury Favorite
    2008 Pushcart Prize Special Mention for two short stories
    2008 Narrative Prize for Best Short Story by an Emerging Writer

Last Updated: 3/8/18