Fiction. THE WORST MAY BE OVER, a short story collection by George Looney, won the Elixir Press 2019 Fiction Award. Contest judge, Gary Fincke, had this to say: "These stories open in quick and intriguing ways, but then the writer has the ability and patience to hold what's most significant until its discovery is surprising, yet earned. 'All I can do,' a character in THE WORST MAY BE OVER says, 'is hold you and keep watch.' Some small comfort perhaps, among the variety of troubles that follow the characters in this solid collection of stories that do what good realistic fiction does—create characters who engage us emotionally, follow a well-observed portion of their lives that convinces us of the authenticity of their experiences, and stir our empathy even as they fumble and struggle to make decisions that might better their lives."
Praised by such poets as Stephen Dunn, Stanley Plumly, Tony Hoagland, and Laura Kasischke, over the last quarter of a century George Looney has published nine books of his poetry, winning, along the way, The Bluestem Award, The White Pine Press Poetry Prize, and the Red Mountain Poetry Prize, as well as earning awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, both the Ohio and Pennsylvania Councils on the Arts, and from such journals as The Missouri Review, Zone 3, New Letters, and The Literary Review. He is the author of THE ITINERATE CIRCUSNEW AND SELECTED POEMS 1995-2020 (Red Mountain Press, 2020), THE WORST MAY BE OVER (Elixir Press, 2020), WHAT LIGHT BECOMES: THE TURNER VARIATIONS (Red Mountain Press, 2019), and HYMN OF ASH (Elixir Press, 2008). THE ITINERATE CIRCUS includes selections from each of his books, and nine new poems. He is Distinguished Professor at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, where he founded the BFA in Creative Writing Program for which he received Penn State University's Undergraduate Program Leadership Award in 2007. He serves as Editor of Lake Effect and Translation Editor of Mid-American Review.Author City: USA