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Comments Wendell Berry
2010 PEN/O. Henry Award-winning Author

I suppose that being included in The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2010 is at least 200 percent better than not being included—plus the good surprise, since I had not expected to be included.

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It seems to me important to write the stories of how people are affected by history that they didn't make.

About the Author

Wendell Berry was born in Newcastle, KY, in 1934. He is an essayist, poet, and fiction writer, and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim, Lannan, and Rockefeller foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts, and also the T. S. Eliot Award, the Aitken Taylor Award, and the John Hay Award of the Orion Society. His latest book of prose is Bringing it to the Table, a collection of essays on farming and food, and his latest collection of poetry is Leavings. Berry lives with his family on a farm in his native Henry County, KY.

Writer's Desk

  • What I'm working on now are stories, poems, and occasionally an essay.

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