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Comments Annie Proulx
2010 PEN/O. Henry Award-winning Author

It is always a rush of pleasure to be included in The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories.

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Writing Tips

Writing is more than my occupation. It is the way I scratch the itch of curiosity, my constant companion, my mental exercise. Even more important to me than writing is my life-time habit of reading. I have a large collection of books on many subjects from Indian oratory to gas field engineering, arcane cookbooks to raptor studies, fishing lures to trail drives, the music of Arvo Pärt to encyclopedias of horse and cattle diseases, European photography to Sumerian cylinder seals, Chaco Canyon archaeology to books on the Tour de France.

About the Author

Annie Proulx was born in 1935 in Norwich, CT. Her literary awards include the Dos Passos Prize, the National Book Award, the Irish Times International Prize, the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, and the Pulitzer Prize. Her stories have won National Magazine awards and have been selected previously for The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories. Her works of fiction include a trio of story collections about Wyoming, Close Range, Bad Dirt, and Fine Just the Way It Is. Annie Proulx divides her time between an old sheep ranch in Wyoming and Albuquerque, NM.

Writer's Desk

  • I am working on a personal memoir about our Wyoming house and property, Bird Cloud.

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