Dr. Gary Fincke

Pennsylvania, United States

Member Since: 09/02/2008

Gary Fincke has published twenty-eight books in multiple genres since 1984.  His short story collections include the Flannery O'Connor prize-winning Sorry I Worried You and the recent collections The Proper Words for Sin and A Room of Rain.  His nonfiction has won a Pushcart Prize and was included in his memoir The Canals of Mars.  He has published a book of literary journalism titled Amp'd, which chronicles his son's career as a rock guitarist in a platinum selling band; his collection of personal essays Vanishings was published this year.  He has won two national book prizes in poetry for the collections Writing Letters for the Blind and The History of Permanence.  The founder and director of the creative writing major at Susquehanna University, a program that enrolls 165 majors in a school of 2100 students, he is the Charles Degenstein Professor of Creative Writing.


  • Sorry I Worried You (Flannery O'Connor Prize Stories) , University of Georgia (October 2004)
  • A Room of Rain (stories) , West Virginia University (March 2015)
  • The Proper Words for Sin , West Virginia University (April 2013)
  • How Blasphemy Sounds to God (novel) , Braddock Avenue Books (February 2014)
  • Vanishings (essays) , Stephen F. Austin University (January 2015)
  • The Canals of Mars (memoir) , Michigan State University (March 2010)
  • The History of Permanence (poems) , Stephen F. Austin University (2011)


  • Flannery O'Connor Prize(2003)
  • Stephen F. Austin Poetry Book Prize(2010)
  • Ohio State University Poetry Book Prize(2003)


  • Charles Degenstein Professor of Creative Writing at Susquehanna University (August 2006 - )

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Poetry