Melanie Rae Thon

Melanie-Rae-Thon-2Melanie Rae Thon’s most recent books are the novel The Voice of the River and In This Light: New and Selected Stories.  She is also the author of the novels Sweet HeartsMeteors in August, and Iona Moon, and the story collections First, Body and Girls in the Grass.  Thon’s work has been included in Best American Short Stories (1995, 1996), three Pushcart Prize Anthologies (2003, 2006, 2008), and O. Henry Prize Stories (2006).  She is a recipient of a Whiting Writer’s Award (1997), two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (1992 and 2008), a Writer’s Residency from the Lannan Foundation (2005), and a fellowship from the Tanner Humanities Center (2009).  Thon’s fiction has been translated into French, Italian, German, Spanish, Croatian, Finnish, Japanese, Arabic, and Farsi.  Originally from Montana, Thon now lives in Salt Lake City, where she teaches in the Creative Writing and Environmental Humanities programs at the University of Utah.

Honors & Awards

  • Utah Book Awards, Adult Fiction Winner for In This Light: New & Selected Stories. Utah Humanities Council, Salt Lake City Library, and Utah Arts and Museums, 10/2012
  • Reading the West Book Award, Adult Fiction Winner: The Voice of the River, a novel. Awarded in 2012 for books published in 2011. Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association, 06/2012
  • The Gina Berriault Award for Fiction, San Francisco State University, 04/2012
  • Faculty Fellow Award. University of Utah, College of Humanities, 01/2012
  • Artist of the Month,  Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion, 01/01/2010
  • Virgil C. Aldrich Fellow, Tanner Humanities Center (awarded 2008). Fiction Project: The Voice of the River. University of Utah, 01/2009
  • Faculty Fellow Award. University of Utah, 2008
  • Grant for Fiction Project: The Voice of the River. National Endowment for the Arts, 2008
  • “Confession for Raymond Good Bird,” story, included in Pushcart Prize XXXII: Best of the Small Presses. Pushcart Press, 2008

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