Ron Tanner

Maryland, United States

Member Since: 08/22/2012

Ron Tanner's awards for writing include a Faulkner Society gold medal, a Pushcart Prize, a New Letters Award, a Best of the Web Award, and many others. His work has been named "notable" in both Best American Essays and Best American Short Stories and he has won fellowships from the Copernicus Society, Sewanee Writers Conference, and the National Park Service, to name a few. He is the author of A Bed of Nails (stories), Kiss Me Stranger (illustrated novel), and From Animal House to Our House: A Love Story (memoir). He teaches writing at Loyola University-Maryland and directs the Marshall Islands Story Project. He and his wife, Jill, live in a former fraternity house with their many pets. Their website,, is dedicated to the love and care of old houses.



  • From Animal House to Our House: A Love Story , Academy Chicago (February 2012)
  • Kiss Me Stranger (novel) , IG Publishing (May 2011)
  • A Bed of Nails (stories) , BkMk Press (2003)


  • Pushcart
  • Best of the West
  • New Letters First Place (Fiction)
  • Faulkner Society Gold Medal
  • G.S. Sharat Chandra for Short Stories
  • Towson Prize for Literary (stories)
  • Best of the Web
  • Jack Dyer Award for Fiction (Crab Orchard)
  • Gertrude Press Award (Fiction chapbook)
  • Million Writers Award
  • Notable, Best American Short Stories
  • Notable, Best American Essays
  • Maryland Arts Council Grant (Fiction)


  • Professor of Writing at Loyola University-Maryland


  • Bachelor of Arts in English, Honors in Writing from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • Master of Fine Arts in Fiction Writing from University of Iowa
  • Doctoral Degree in American Literature & Writing from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction