Nancy Reisman is the author of House Fires, a short story collection that won the 1999 Iowa Short Fiction Award as well as The First Desire, a novel set in her hometown of Buffalo, NY. Her work has appeared in, among other anthologies and journals, Best American Short Stories 2001, Tin House, Glimmer Train, and The Kenyon Review. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her story “Tea” was included in the anthology The O. Henry Prize Stories 2005.
House Fires won the 1999 Iowa Short Fiction Award, and the National Foundation for Jewish Culture awarded The First Desire the 2005 Samuel Goldberg Jewish Fiction Award in June. The New York Times named The First Desire as a notable book of 2004.
Reisman, a native of Buffalo, N.Y., earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She has taught at the University of Michigan, and she currently teaches creative writing at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. (Random House, Vanderbilt University)