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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

SU's McCarty Earns MSCA Individual Artist Award

Dr. Susan McCartySALISBURY, MD---Nearly 100 artists recently received their share of some $218,000 as winners of the 2016 Maryland State Arts Council (MSCA) Individual Artists Awards — but only one was from the Eastern Shore: Salisbury University’s Dr. Susan McCarty.

An assistant professor of English in SU’s Charles R. and Martha N. Fulton School of Liberal Arts, McCarty was selected out of nearly 600 artists overall. One of 29 winners in the “Fiction/Creative Non-Fiction” category, she received $1,000 to help support her future work.

McCarty’s entry, the short story “Fellowship,” was published in the literary journal Willow Springs last July. The story explores a young Midwestern woman’s reaction to the announcement of her parents’ separation.

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The MSCA is not the first organization to recognize McCarty’s work. Her inaugural short story collection Anatomies, released in 2015, earned praise from Kirkus and other review sites. It was one of only nine books to make Esquire magazine’s annual Summer Reading List last year.

McCarty joined SU’s English Department in 2013. Holding a Ph.D. from the University of Utah and M.F.A. from Vermont College, she has published in journals and magazines including Utne Reader, Indiana Review, Willow Springs and Conjunctions, among others.

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