Simpson, Chad

Chad Simpson is the author of the story collection “Tell Everyone I Said Hi,” which won the 2012 John Simmons Short Fiction Award and will be published in October by the University of Iowa Press.

Jim Shepard says that “Chad Simpson writes with a piercing tenderness and sadness about loss and helplessness and the impossible decisions that we face every day, and the complexity of the compromises we offer the world, and ourselves, in response.”

His stories and essays have appeared in McSweeney’s, Esquire, Barrelhouse, American Short Fiction, The Sun and many other publications.

He also is the author of a chapbook of short fiction, “Phantoms,” published by Origami Zoo Press in 2010.

A recipient of an Illinois Arts Council fellowship in prose, he teaches at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, where he received the Philip Green Wright/Lombard College Prize for Distinguished Teaching in 2010.

He lives in Monmouth, Illinois, with his wife, Jane.

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