Kevin McIlvoy, Author, Editor, Educator, and AWP Board Member

October 3, 2022

It is with a heavy heart that AWP announces the passing of Kevin McIlvoy, author, editor, educator, and former AWP board member. McIlvoy passed on September 30, at the age of sixty-nine, in Asheville, North Carolina. McIlvoy served as a pillar in the literary community for decades with a broad range of experience in writing, editing, publishing, teaching, and facilitating.

His last and most recent novel, One Kind Favor (WTAW Press) was published in 2021. His other books are, At the Gate of All Wonder (Tupelo Press, 2018); The Fifth Station (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill; Collier/Macmillan, 2012), Little Peg (Atheneum/Macmillan; Harper Perennial, 2012), Hyssop (TriQuarterly Books; paperback, Avon, 2012), Waltz (Lynx House Press, 1981), and a short story collection, The Complete History of New Mexico (Graywolf Press, 2012). His short stories and poems have been featured in The Scoundrel, The Collagist, Pif, Kenyon Review Online, The Cortland Review, Prime Number, r.k.v.r.y, Waxwing, and various online literary magazines.

He also received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in fiction. McIlvoy served for twenty-seven years as editor and editor in chief of the national literary magazine Puerto del Sol. He has also served as a manuscript consultant for University of Nevada Press, University of Arizona Press, University of New Mexico Press, Indiana State University Press, University of Missouri Press, and other publishers. We at AWP thank Kevin McIlvoy for his devotion to the literary arts, our organization, and the greater literary community.

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