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FAU English Professor Joins John Irving, Joyce Carol Oates and Others in Receiving Pushcart Prize

Bucak Recently Received the PEN/O’Henry Prize

BOCA RATON, Fla. (May 29, 2013) –Florida Atlantic University Professor Ayşe Papatya Bucak has been awarded the prestigious Pushcart Prize, an award given annually for the best poetry, short fiction and essays published in the small press. Others who have received this honor include Joyce Carol Oates, John Irving and Tim O’Brien.

Bucak, an associate professor of creative writing within FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, won for her short story “Iconography,” which is about a Turkish girl at an American University that goes on a hunger strike. Bucak also was recently awarded the PEN/O. Henry Prize for her story “The History of Girls.”

“I'm particularly happy to win a Pushcart as the series supports small and independent presses, which are really the life-blood for short story writers,” said Bucak. 

The story is part of a collection that Bucak is writing that all have something to do with her “version of Turkishness.” Bucak was born in Turkey and raised in the United States. She earned an M.F.A. from Arizona State University and a B.A. from Princeton University. She has been at FAU since 2003, and received an Individual Artists Grant from the state of Florida in 2005. She directs the M.F.A. program in creative writing at FAU.

For more information about FAU’s M.F.A. program, call 561-297-2973.

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