Miroslav Penkov

Texas, United States

Member Since: 08/28/2013

Miroslav Penkov holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arkansas. His stories have appeared in A Public Space, Granta, One Story, The Best American Short Stories 2008, The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2012, The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2013. Winner of the BBC International Short Story Award 2012 and the Eudora Welty Prize, he was also a finalist for the 2012 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. His debut collection, East of the West, was published in over a dozen countries. In 2014-15, he will be mentored by Michael Ondaatje as part of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of North Texas and a fiction editor of the American Literary Review.

Website: http://www.miroslavpenkov.com


  • East of the West: A Country in Stories , Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 4, 2011)


  • Rolex Mentor and Protege Arts Initiative 2014-15 (Mentor: Michael Ondaatje)(2012)
  • BBC International Short Story Award 2012(2012)
  • Eudora Welty Prize 2007(2008)


  • Associate Professor at University of North Texas (September 2009 - January 2012)


  • Master of Fine Arts in Fiction from Univeristy of Arkansas (May 2009)

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