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Patricia McNair

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Booklist calls Patricia Ann McNair “an irresistible personal essayist of refreshing candor, vibrant
openheartedness, rueful humor, and unassuming wisdom.” Author of And These Are the Good
Times (essays), and The Temple of Air (stories), McNair received the Chicago Writers
Association Book of the Year Award, Southern Illinois University’s Devil’s Kitchen Reading
Award, the Society of Midland Authors Finalist Award, and was named a finalist for the
Montaigne Medal for most thought-provoking book of 2017. Her work is published in American
Fiction: Best Unpublished Short Stories by Emerging Writers, Superstition Review, Prime
Number, River Teeth, Fourth Genre, Brevity, Creative Nonfiction, Barrelhouse, and in textbooks
on writing. McNair’s second short story collection, Responsible Adults, is scheduled for release
in December 2020. She has received numerous Illinois Arts Council Awards and teaches in the
English and Creative Writing Department Graduate and Undergraduate Programs at Columbia
College Chicago where she received the Excellence in Teaching Award and was nominated for
the Carnegie Foundation’s U.S. Professor of the Year Award.
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