Patricia Ann McNair

Writers Retreat Writer-in-Residence, Interlochen College of Creative Arts
Instructor of Creative Writing, Interlochen College of Creative Arts

M.F.A. in Writing, Columbia College, Chicago

Patricia Ann McNair is the author of the short story collection The Temple of Air, which was named Chicago Writers Association’s Book of the Year, Southern Illinois University’s Devil’s Kitchen Readers Award, and Society of Midland Authors Finalist Award. McNair’s fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in American Fiction: Best Unpublished Short Stories by Emerging WritersPrime Number, River TeethFourth GenreBrevityCreative Nonfiction, and other publications. Her piece, “My Mother’s Daughter,” recently won the Solstice Literary Magazine’s first prize in the short story. Her work has been nominated for numerous Pushcart Prizes, and has received four Illinois Arts Council Awards in Fiction and Nonfiction. She was awarded Columbia College Chicago’s Excellence in Teaching Award, and was nominated for the Carnegie Foundation’s U.S. Professor of the Year. McNair is Director of Undergraduate Programs in Fiction Writing in the Department of Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago.