22nd Annual Literary Festival 22nd Annual Literary Festival
Old Dominion University
October 11-15, 1999

Rilla Askew 
moved to New York from her native Oklahoma in 1980 and received an MFA in creative writing from Brooklyn College in 1989. Her short fiction has been selected for Prize Stories 1993: The O. Henry Awards and her novel The Mercy Seat was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award and received the Oklahoma Book Award and the Western Heritage Award for Best Noel of 1997. A finalist for the Drue Heinz Literature Prize, her collection of stories, Strange Business, received the Oklahoma Book Award in 1993. She is married to actor Paul Austin and divides her time between the San Bois Mountains of southeastern Oklahoma and the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York.      [extracted from 1999 brochure]

Rilla Askew 1999 brochure photo

22nd Annual Literary Festival (1999)

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