Rob’s short story collection I’ll Be Here for You: Diary of a Town has been awarded first prize in Livingston Press’s Tartts First Fiction Award Competition and will be published in 2020. Details to come.
Robert McKean’s critically acclaimed novel, The Catalog of Crooked Thoughts – winner of the 2016 Longleaf Press Novel Award and Finalist in the 2018 Eric Hoffer Awards – is available on Amazon.
McKean, recipient of a Massachusetts Arts Council grant, writes fiction set in and around these hardscrabble Western PA towns. Beneath the ethnic, racial, and generational stew of lives and passions depicted in his stories and novels lies the story of Ganaego itself, its rise and fall as a protagonist in our heartland’s late-Twentieth Century existential drama, the making of America’s Rust Belt.
McKean’s work has been featured in numerous publications, including:
- The Kenyon Review
- The Chicago Review
- The Dublin Quarterly
- Crack the Spine
- The 34th Parallel
His work has been nominated for a Best of the Net Award and three times for Pushcart Prizes.
Alvah Adams, June 1941
(photograph by J. Braden)