Biography for Voice of the River

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Melanie Rae Thon's most recent books are the novel The Voice of the River and In This Light: New and Selected Stories (June 2011). She is also the author of the novelsSweet Hearts, Meteors in August, and Iona Moon, and the story collectionsFirst, Body and Girls in the Grass. Thon's work has been included inBest American Short Stories (1995, 1996), three Pushcart Prize Anthologies (2003, 2006, 2008), andO. Henry Prize Stories (2006). She is a recipient of a Whiting Writer's Award (1997), two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (1992 and 2008), a Writer's Residency from the Lannan Foundation (2005), and a fellowship from the Tanner Humanities Center (2009). Thon's fiction has been translated into French, Italian, German, Spanish, Croatian, Finnish, Japanese, and Farsi. Originally from Montana, Thon now lives in Salt Lake City, where she teaches in the Creative Writing and Environmental Humanities programs at the University of Utah.