Kirk Curnutt is professor and chair of English at Troy University’s Montgomery campus in Montgomery, Alabama. He is the author of thirteen books of fiction and criticism, including the thriller Dixie Noir (2009); Coffee with Hemingway (2007), an entry in Duncan Baird’s series of imaginary conversations with great historical figures, featuring a preface by the late John Updike; and the story collection, Baby, Let’s Make a Baby (2003). His first novel, Breathing Out the Ghost, was named Best Fiction in the Indiana Center for the Book’s 2008 Best Books of Indiana Competition. It also won a bronze IPPY from the Independent Publishers Association and was a finalist for ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Awards. Curnutt’s other awards include three consecutive Hackney Awards for short-story writing and the gold medal in nonfiction in the 2008 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition sponsored by the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society. A passionate devotee of all things F. Scott Fitzgerald, he is vice-president of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society and a board member of the Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum in Montgomery. He serves as managing editor of the Fitzgerald Society’s F. Scott Fitzgerald Review, published annually by Wiley-Blackwell, and is also a trustee of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation and Society.
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