Xhenet Aliu

Georgia, United States

Xhenet Aliu's debut short fiction collection, Domesticated Wild Things and Other Stories, was winner of the 2012 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction.  Her prose has appeared in journals such as Glimmer Train, Hobart, The Barcelona Review and Necessary Fiction, and she has received multiple scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, a grant from The Elizabeth George Foundation, and a fellowship from the Djerassi Resident Artists Program.  A native of Waterbury, Connecticut, whose brass industry attracted large waves of Eastern European immigrants before the demise of the factories in the 1970s and 80s, she was born to an Albanian father and Lithuanian-American mother.  Currently, she lives in Athens, Georgia, after recent stints in New York City, Montana, and Utah. 

Xhenet has worked as a secretary, waitress, entertainment journalist, private investigator, and librarian/archivist, among other vocations. 

Website: www.xhenetaliu.com

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