Fiction. HYMN OF ASH by George Looney is the winner of the 2007 Elixir Press Chapbook Award for fiction. This stunning novella traces, through the skillful layering of stories, a family history born from sin and destined for fire. Brian Everson said "...this is a haunting and dark history in which the Word is made not flesh but worm, and where the sins of the past begin to whisper more and more insistently to the present." George Looney's previous books include The Precious Rhetoric of Angels and Attendant Ghosts: Animals Housed in the Pleasure of Flesh.
George Looney is the author of numerous books and chapbooks of poetry, several of which have won national awards, a novel, a novella, and a collection of stories, all three of which won national awards. He is Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, where he has taught for over twenty years and where he founded the BFA in Creative Writing Program. He serves as Editor of the literary journal Lake Effect and Translation Editor of Mid-American Review, and he was co-founder, with the poet Philip Terman, of the original Chautauqua Writers' Festival. His most recent works include ODE TO THE EARTH IN TRANSLATION (Red Mountain Press, 2021), THE WORST MAY BE OVER (Elixir Press, 2020), THE ITINERATE CIRCUS NEW AND SELECTED POEMS 1995-2020 (Red Mountain Press, 2020), and WHAT LIGHT BECOMES: THE TURNER VARIATIONS (Red Mountain Press, 2019). Author City: USA