UMass Amherst: News Archive
English professor Noy Holland, a short story writer and novelist, has received the 2018 Katherine Ann Porter Award in Literature for her achievements and dedication to the literary profession.The $20,000 prize, which is given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, will be presented at the academy’s annual ceremonial in May.
Holland’s “I Was Trying to Describe What It Feels Like, New and Selected Stories” was published in 2017. Her debut novel “Bird” appeared in 2015 to critical acclaim.
Her collections of short fiction and novellas include “Swim for the Little One First,” “What Begins with Bird” and “The Spectacle of the Body.”
She has published work in The Kenyon Review, Antioch, Conjunctions, The Quarterly, Glimmer Train, Electric Literature, Publishers Weekly, The Believer, NOON, and New York Tyrant, among others.
She was a recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council award for artistic merit and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. He holds a bachelors’ degree from Middlebury College and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Florida.
Holland’s research areas are 20th century and contemporary literature, American literature and creative writing.
Her award is one of 15 totaling $185,000 announced by the academy on March 19.