Stephanie Powell Watts

Stephanie Powell Watts, associate professor of English at Lehigh University, was one of ten recipients of the Whiting Writers’ Award in October 2013 by the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation.  Her debut short story collection, We Are Taking Only What We Need also received the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence in January of 2013.  We Are Taking Only What We Need has been frequently honored in the past year.  O magazine named the collection as one of 2013’s Best Summer Reads.  It was one of two finalists for The Hemingway Foundation /PEN Award, as well as a finalist for the Chautauqua Prize, the John Gardner Short Story Award, the Foreword Review Prize, Best Books and was on the long list for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize.  It has been listed as one of the best books of 2012 by The New Yorker, The Kansas City Star, and other publications.