Lydia Davis

Lydia Davis was the judge of Kore Press’ 2008 Short Fiction Award, and chose Rena J. Mosteirin’s “The Saving Work” as the winning short fiction manuscript. Find Mosteirin’s book here.

Lydia Davis is a short story writer, novelist and translator, widely regarded as a master of the short story and known for her “flash fiction” pieces, some of which may be a paragraph or a sentence long. She has published six short story collections, most recently Can’t and Won’t (2014), and one novel, The End of the Story (1995), along with a beautiful collected volume, The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis, which collects all of her short fiction from 1986’s Break it Down to 2007’s National Book Award-nominated Varieties of Disturbance. She has also published numerous widely-acclaimed translations of French literature and philosophy into English, including works by Marcel Proust, Maurice Blanchot, and Gustave Flaubert. Davis has won many prestigious awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1997, a MacArthur Fellowship in 2003, and the 2013 Man Booker International Prize. Davis received her BA from Barnard College, and is a professor of english and writer-in-residence at SUNY Albany.