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Tony Earley

Samuel Milton Fleming Chair in English

Tony Earley is the author of five books: Here We Are in Paradise, a collection stories; the novels Jim the Boy and The Blue Star; and the personal essay collection Somehow Form a Family. His most recent book, Mr. Tall: a Novella and Stories, was a finalist for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize. A winner of the National Magazine Award for fiction and a Pushcart Prize, he was named one of the twenty best writers of his generation by both Granta, in 1996, and The New Yorker in 1999. His fiction and/or non-fiction have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Esquire, The New York Times Book Review, Best American Short Stories and New Stories from the South, among many other magazines and anthologies. He is a native of Rutherford County, North Carolina, a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and a graduate of Warren Wilson College and The University of Alabama. He joined the Vanderbilt English Department in 1997 and has held the Samuel Milton Fleming Chair in English since 2003.