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Domini, John

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Comments from the author about writing:
Whatever I'm writing -- even, in a sense, when I'm writing poetry -- I'm always seeking a story. I mean that, even when working through the clusters of images and words that become a poem, I'm also uncovering some narrative, some journey to discovery. In shaping a piece of non-fiction too, a memoir or personal essay, there's always a story or two that need to be traced, and a number of narrative elements, even the background, have to be explicated as vividly and deeply as in a novel. My calling as a writer began with writing preteen tales of adventure, and while I hope I've gotten more sophisticated and pleasing, the story remains at the root of my inspiration. That said, I must add that I'm a sensualist, always striving to render my imaginary world nuggety and full of odor, whisper, and roar.

Literary awards received and date received:

  • Major Artist grant from the IA Arts Council ($8500), for 2008-09. EARTHQUAKE I.D. (my novel) nominated for Pulitzer Prize, Fall, 2007.
  • Finalist, New Millennium Writing, Fiction & Poetry, Jan. 2007. Meridian Editors Prize in Poetry ($1000, U. of VA), Spring 2006.
  • Finalist, Starcherone Press & Gival Press Prize for Novel, 2005. Excellence grant Northwestern Center for the Writing Arts, ($2000), creative non-fiction, 2000.
  • Finalist, Pirates Alley Faulkner Prize for the Novel, 1999. Finalist, Mary McCarthy Prize for short fiction, Sarabande, 1997.
  • Metropolitan Arts Commission, OR ($500), creative non-fiction, 95. OR Council for the Humanities ($500), creative non-fiction, '94-'95.
  • Honorable Mention, Pushcart Prize, '83, '89, 90. Ingram Merrill Fellowship ($5000), fiction, 1986.
  • National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, creative non-fiction ($7500), 1978-79.

Book Types: Fiction, Nonfiction, Short Story Collection

Audience Types: Adult

Genres: Experimental Fiction, Memoir, Translation, Experimental Fiction, Memoir, Translation, Essays, Mystery, Realistic Fiction, Science Fiction

Are you willing to do programs for schools, libraries, or other groups? Yes

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County: Polk

Books By This Author

  • Bedlam: short stories, Fiction International, St. Lawrence U, Canton, NY, 1981
  • Highway Trade, Red Hen Press, Los Angeles, CA, 1998
  • Talking Heads: 77, Red Hen Press, Los Angeles, CA, 2003
  • Earthquake I.D., Red Hen Press, Los Angeles, CA, 2007
  • A Tomb on the Periphery, Gival Press, Arlington, VA, 2008

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