Oct. 10, 2005
Dr. Stephen Coyne, professor of English at Morningside College, was selected to have his short story “Hunting Country” published in “Best of the South: From the Second Decade of New Stories from the South,” edited by Shannon Ravenel and released this month by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, N.C.
“Best of the South” is an anniversary collection of twenty of the best short stories selected from 186 stories included in the last ten volumes of “New Stories from the South,” from 1996 to 2005. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Tyler selected the stories and wrote the introduction to the anthology.
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune refers to the stories in “Best of the South” as “fresh and vivid, the writing superb,” and People magazine asserts that the selections “epitomize the qualities readers treasure in the best southern literature: a rich appreciation of language and humor, as well as a dead-on sense of place and character.”
Coyne's fiction and poetry have appeared in such publications as The North American Review, The Georgia Review, Southern Review, American Short Fiction, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. He was the recipient of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship in 1998 and has received a number of writing awards, including first prize in The Mississippi Review's 1996 fiction contest and the Prairie Schooner's 1991 Reader's Choice Award.
Coyne has been a professor of English at Morningside since 1988, where he teaches creative writing and American literature. He is the creator and coordinator of the Sioux City Reading Series, which brings nationally published poets, novelists, and short story writers to Sioux City. He graduated from Catawba College in North Carolina in 1972 and received his master's degree from the University of North Carolina in 1976 and his doctorate from the University of Denver in 1988.