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APSU English prof only writer in state to receive art commission grant

September 18, 2001

When Tennessee's budget ax falls, funding for the arts historically is one of the first areas to feel the pain. So it is this year.

Despite a bare-bones budget, Barry Kitterman, associate professor of English at Austin Peay State University, is the only writer statewide to receive an individual grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission for 2001-02. The $5,000 grant is to help support his fiction-writing.

Currently, Kitterman is working on a novel-a departure from his previous favorite genres. In the past, Kitterman's short stories garnered the most public attention. Four of his stories were nominated for the Pushcart Prize in literature and one, "The Window," received Special Mention in the competition.

Kitterman earned a bachelor of arts from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Montana. Before coming to APSU, he taught at Miami University (Ohio) and Indiana University East, as well as serving as a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, Mass.

In addition to teaching at APSU, he is the fiction editor of "Zone 3" magazine, published by the Creative Writing Program, which he helps administer. He also is on the faculty of the Tennessee Humanities Council's Young Writers Workshop, held the past three summers on the campus of APSU.

Kitterman and his wife, Dr. Jill Eichhorn, associate professor of English and coordinator of APSU's Women's Studies Program, have two children, Ted and Hannah.