Pratt Institute Associate Professor of Humanities and Media Studies Samantha Hunt was awarded the Bard Fiction Prize for 2010 and $30,000 for her second novel The Invention of Everything Else (Houghton Mifflin, 2008). Hunt will be appointed as a writer in residence at Bard College for the spring 2010 semester, where she will continue to write, give a public reading, and meet informally with students.

Hunt’s first acclaimed novel The Seas (MacAdam/Cage, 2004) was awarded the first “5 under 35” Award from The National Book Foundation. Her works in fiction have been featured in The New Yorker, Esquire, Village Voice, Cabinet, and McSweeney’s.

Hunt earned her M.F.A. from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, N.C. She currently teaches in the Department of Humanities and Media Studies at Pratt Institute. She also has served as acting coordinator of the Writing Program at Pratt.

The Bard Fiction Prize, established in 2001 by Bard College to support emerging fiction writers 39 years or younger, consists of a $30,000 prize and appointment as writer in residence at Bard for one semester. The prize was founded to provide young fiction writers the opportunity to work in a thriving and intellectual environment while pursuing their creative goals.

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