LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (August 7, 2018) – Dr. Tyrone Jaeger, Arkansas
fiction writer and associate professor of English-Creative Writing at Hendrix
College, is the recipient of the 2018 Porter Fund Literary Prize. The Porter
Prize is presented annually to an Arkansas writer with a substantial and
impressive body of work that merits enhanced recognition. Past winners of the
Porter Prize include Mara Leveritt, Morris Arnold, Kevin Brockmeier and Jo
McDougall, the Poet Laureate of Arkansas. The $2,000 prize makes it one of the
state’s most lucrative as well as prestigious literary awards. Eligibility
requires an Arkansas connection.
Jaeger will be honored at an award ceremony at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 11 at the Main Library’s Darragh Center in downtown Little
Rock. The Porter Prize and the Booker Worthen Literary Prize will be given out
in the same evening. The event is free and open to the public.
The Porter Prize was founded in 1984 by novelist Jack Butler and
novelist and lawyer Phil McMath to honor Dr. Ben Kimpel. Butler and McMath were
students of Kimpel, noted professor of English at the University of Arkansas at
Fayetteville. At Kimpel’s request, the prize is named in honor of Kimpel’s
mother, Gladys Crane Kimpel Porter. The annual prize, $2,000, has been given to
34 poets, novelists, non-fiction writers and playwrights.
Jaeger was notified of his award by Little Rock novelist Trent
Lee Stewart ’92, the 2008 recipient of the Porter Prize.
“When I received the call about winning the Porter Prize, I
immediately thought back to the summer my wife and I moved to Arkansas,” says
Jaeger. “After spending hot and humid days unpacking, I would immerse myself in
Frank Stanford’s The Battlefield Where
the Moon Says I Love You and Donald Harington’s The Architecture of the Arkansas Ozarks. How quickly the strange
magic of Arkansas and its writers gripped my heart and my imagination. To be
recognized by the Porter Fund, and by extension previous Porter Prize Winners,
tightens that grip. I am deeply honored and inspired.”
Tyrone Jaeger is the author of the story collection So Many True Believers and the
cross-genre novella The Runaway Note.
His writing has appeared in the Oxford
American, Southern Humanities Review,
The Literary Review, descant, Southeast Review, PRISM
International and elsewhere. He is the recipient of the Frank O’Connor
Award for Short Fiction and the Theodore Christian Hoepfner Award. As an
undergraduate, he attended Rollins College, and he received his Ph.D. from the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has been a member of the faculty at Hendrix
College since 2008. Born and raised in the Catskill Mountains, Tyrone lives on
Beaverfork Lake, Arkansas, with his wife and daughter.
Author photo credit: Maxine Payne
For media questions or more
information on the Porter Fund Literary Prize, contact Werner Trieschmann ’86, email@example.com or 501-868-4473.
About Hendrix College
A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix
College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts
institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools
That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and
rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous
college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been
affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit www.hendrix.edu.