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Recent MFA graduate on the short list for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award

Laura van den Berg

Carrie Fuller
July 26, 2010

Laura van den Berg’s (MFA ’08) debut story collection, What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us (Dzanc), which she wrote while completing her MFA at Emerson, has been put on the short list for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, reports the Boston Globe.

The award is a premier literary award presented in memory of the late Frank O'Connor, one of the world's most renowned short story writers. It is presented in O'Connor's hometown of Cork, Ireland, and is worth about $45,000.

Van den Berg describes her stories as being about “lost women who try to find themselves by reaching for the mysteries that exist on the peripheries — or, in some cases, at the heart — of their lives.”

Van den Berg will give a reading at the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Festival in September, at which the prize winner will be announced.

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