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A book-length essay on the mime Marcel Marceau, informed by interviews with his students, closely observed performances, and archival research. Remarkably innovative in structure and style, the book employs lists, prose poems, syllabi, a travel itinerary, a catalog of his possessions, and more. A Twenty Minute Silence Followed by Applause is a celebration of Marceau's transcendent creation.

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photo credit Jana Ašenbrennerová

Shawn Wen is a writer, radio producer, and multimedia artist. Her writing has appeared in The New Inquiry, Seneca Review, Iowa Review, White Review, and the anthology City by City: Dispatches from the American Metropolis (Faber and Faber, 2015). Her radio work has broadcast on This American Life, Freakonomics Radio, and Marketplace, and she is currently a producer at Youth Radio. Her video work has screened at the Museum of Modern Art, the Camden International Film Festival, and the Carpenter Center at Harvard University. She holds a BA from Brown University and is the recipient of numerous fellowships, including the Ford Foundation Professional Journalism Training Fellowship and the Royce Fellowship. Wen was born in Beijing, raised in the suburbs of Atlanta, GA, and currently resides in San Francisco.

A unique, poetic critical appreciation of Marcel Marceau. . . . A fascinating book. . . . Readers will marvel not only at Marceau, but at the book itself, which displays such command of the material and such perfect pitch.
Kirkus Review, starred review
Effectively pays homage to both the history of mime and its solitary master, Marcel Marceau. . . . Wen crafts diamond-cut paragraphs that place the reader in Marceau’s enthralled audiences. . . . These invaluable descriptions by a writer versed in the tradition of making the nonvisible vibrant should be read slowly and with the same seemingly effortless focus Marceau gave to his art.
Booklist, starred review
[Shawn] Wen’s whimsical ode to Marcel Marceau showcases the performer’s determination to ‘fill the blank spaces’ with a silence that stirs.
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[Shawn] Wen’s whimsical ode to Marcel Marceau showcases the performer’s determination to ‘fill the blank spaces’ with a silence that stirs.
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Announcing the winner of the 2017 Mary McCarthy Prize

We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2017 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction judged by Paul Yoon is Tiny Heroes, Tiny Villains by Robert Yune. 

What he has built here, and what we enter, from the first sentence of Tiny Heroes, Tiny Villains, is an achingly beautiful, many-roomed house, not only peopled with all of us, now, but the ghosts that have shaped us and the ones that help propel us into the future.
— Paul Yoon

As a Navy brat, Robert Yune moved 11 times by the time he turned 18. In 2012, he was a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award and was one of five finalists for the Prairie Schooner Book Prize. His fiction has appeared in the Green Mountains Review, the Kenyon Review, and Los Angeles Review, among others.

In the summer of 2012, he worked as a stand-in for George Takei and has worked as an extra in movies such as The Dark Knight RisesMe and Earl and the Dying Girl, and Father and Daughters

Currently, he teaches at DePauw University, located in beautiful Greencastle, Indiana.  His novel Eighty Days of Sunlight was nominated for the 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award; other nominees included Viet Thanh Nguyen, Margaret Atwood, and Salman Rushdie.

Finalists
How to Make Your Mother Cry by Sejal Shah
We Are a Teeming Wilderness by Shena McAuliffe
Quotidian Prayers by Carol LaHines

Semi-finalists
Jillian in the Borderlands: tales & provenances by Beth Alvarado
Last Time Around by Will Clattenburg; Birdtown by Alison Moore
Pretenders by Leslie Bazzett