Patricia Ann McNair’s The Temple of Air received the Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year Award, Southern Illinois University’s Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award, and the Society of Midland Authors (US) Finalist Award.
She has lived 98 percent of her life in the Midwest. She’s managed a gas station, sold pots and pans door to door, tended bar and breaded mushrooms, worked on the trading floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and taught aerobics. Today she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Creative Writing of Columbia College Chicago, where she received the Excellence in Teaching Award as well as a nomination for the Carnegie Foundation’s US Professor of the Year.
McNair’s fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in various anthologies, magazines, and journals including American Fiction: Best Unpublished Short Stories by Emerging Writers, Other Voices, F Magazine, Superstition Review, Dunes Review, Word Riot, Hypertext, Curbside Splendor e-zine, Prime Number, Chicago Literati, River Teeth, Fourth Genre, Brevity, Creative Nonfiction, and others. Her short story, “My Mother’s Daughter,” won the Solstice Lit Mag Award for fiction in 2014. She is also published in The Truth of the Matter: Art and Craft in Creative Nonfiction edited by Dinty W. Moore. She’s received numerous Illinois Arts Council Awards and Pushcart Prize nominations in fiction and nonfiction as well as a Rubin Fellowship to Ragdale.
McNair lives in Chicago with her husband, the visual artist Philip Hartigan (www.philiphartigan.com), and their two cats.
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