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November 12, 2013

Local author nominated for Pushcart Prize

FAIRFIELD — Local author Rudy Wilson is an award-winning writer that recently opened up with his candid personality about his work and artistic style, proving once again that he is truly a one-of-kind.

Wilson was recently nominated for the prestigious Pushcart Prize in Prose for his short story titled “Blue,” published in “The Literarian.” The short story is a vivid snapshot of a man who relives his life in a simple but complex scene outside of a window, where the man reaches an enlightening moment.

“This new thing in 'The Literarian,'" Wilson said regarding his nomination, "I'm very fortunate because it's a very short story, it's only 350 words, and somehow it seems to have affected people. There's a certain magic about it. I just wrote it down on a napkin basically, you know, just a thought. Then I typed it up and sent it to an editor at a magazine, and she said, 'Wow' and nominated it for a Pushcart.”

Wilson is best known for his cult classic novel, “The Red Truck,” published by Alfred. A. Knopf. He was born in Mississippi, has lived around the country and is currently settled in Fairfield. He has an MFA in English and fiction writing from the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop, where he also taught. He has written other novels including “A Girl Named Jesus” and “Sonja's Blue,” a short story collection.

He also has a new novel currently titled “Exit Angel,” which is expected to be published soon. It's a darker story of revenge with the setting in Batavia.

“All my work, I think, begins with darkness and ends in light. There's always salvation on whatever level. I don't mean Christian or anything like that, there's some saving of the main characters or the plot,” Wilson said.

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