Robert McKean, recipient of a Massachusetts Arts Council grant, writes fiction set in and around the steel-mill towns of Western Penn. His work has been featured in a number of publications, including, most notably, The Kenyon Review, the Chicago Review, and The Dublin Quarterly. McKean’s collection of short stories entitled The Work of Our Hands was a finalist in the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction; it was also a finalist in the Sewanee Writers’ Series. McKean’s current project, Shutdown, which deals with the cataclysmic Rust-Belt Depression of the 1980s, was a finalist in the Heekin Group Foundation James Fellowship for the Novel in Progress and a semi-finalist in the Peter Taylor Prize for the Novel.
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