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Book Corner: Dinah Cox
Dinah Cox '03, '09
Dinah Cox’s debut short fiction collection, Remarkable, won the BOA Short Fiction Prize. Established in 2010, the prize publishes short fiction collections within BOA’s long-running American Reader Series, which was originally established in 1994 as a vehicle for prose about poetry and poetics. The series was later expanded to include short fiction, which BOA recognized as a valuable and underserved literary genre.
The collection of stories in Remarkable reflects on the resilient Great Plains where Old West sensibilities meet the modern world. The award-winning tales are about ordinary people with an honest look at their idiosyncrasies. While not all the stories are set in Oklahoma, the characters are marked by the region and its efforts to be something better.
A book review in Publishers Weekly says, “The stories neither revere nor despise their Oklahoma setting, even as many of Cox’s delightfully odd characters feel stuck there and dream of someday getting out. The stories in Cox’s debut collection are as varied as they are sharp and surprising, venturing fearlessly into unexpected territory.”
Cox has also won prizes from Atlantic Monthly, Texas Observer and Hayden’s Ferry Review. She earned a doctorate in creative writing from OSU in 2009. She teaches in the English Department at Oklahoma State University, where she also is an associate editor at Cimarron Review, which will celebrate 50 years of publishing in 2017.
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Uploaded on September 1, 2016