The Great Lakes Colleges Association selected Boise writer Alan Heathcock as the winner of its 2012 GLCA New Writers Award for fiction for his story collection "Volt" (Graywolf Press, $15).
This is the 43rd year the New Writers Award has shone a light on promising writers who have published a first volume in fiction, poetry and non-fiction. Heathcock has received numerous awards for "Volt" since it came out this past summer.
Winning writers receive invitations to visit GLCA member colleges, where they give readings, meet and talk about writing with students and faculty members.
The GLCA judges said that "Heathcock’s tormented characters wrestle with big, weighty questions of justice and punishment in the face of violent death. These electrically-charged characters are running for their lives, away from their lives, to escape the untamable forces of nature and their own untamable selves. These stories wonder on how frail the thing called civilization, how frayed the social compact. There is no better place to visit the myth of modernity than to venture into America’s cornfields, barrooms, ranch houses."