April Ford Wins Prize for Fiction Writing
SUNY Oneonta creative writing instructor April Ford has won the grand prize in the Santa Fe Writers Project 2013 Literary Awards Program for fiction, judged by author David Morrell, for her short story collection, “The Poor Children,” which will be published worldwide in spring 2015.
A barren widow fosters a set of orphanage twins and uses the children to attract guests to her haunted theater dinners; a young man decides he must leave his family and trailer park life before he can save his little sister from generational squalor; a child welfare officer discovers that her career ambitions do not supplant her unwillingness to separate children from their biological families. “The Poor Children” consists of seven stand-alone, stylistically different stories about the polarities of human behavior and the actions they compel. In February 2013, the collection was shortlisted for SALT Publishing’s international Scott Prize.
A native of Quebec, Ford joined the SUNY Oneonta adjunct faculty in January 2010 with the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. She taught French courses until fall 2012, when she began teaching creative writing for the Department of English. She also serves as managing editor of Digital Americana Magazine.
Ford has published fiction and nonfiction in several literary journals, magazines and blogs. Three new publications are forthcoming, including her story “Namaste,” which will appear in The After Coetzee Project, anthology of scholarly essays and creative works, in winter 2014. Her first novel, “Gentle,” is under review. She completed her graduate studies in creative writing at Queens University of Charlotte in Charlotte, N.C., and has spent time at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts as a Robert Johnson Fellow and at Ucross Foundation as a Writer in Residence. She’s currently studying Intellectual Property Copyright Law through Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, N.J.