UL-Lafayette English professor earns coveted Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction _lowres

Lisa Graley (Photo credit: Chelsea Ellison, courtesy of University of Louisiana at Lafayette)

Lisa Graley, an assistant professor of English and humanities at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, has received the 2015 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction from the University of Georgia Press.

Graley is one of two authors to receive the award. Anne Raeff, of San Francisco, is the other recipient. As part of the honor, UGA Press will publish Graley’s “The Current That Carries” and Raeff’s “The Jungle Around Us” in fall 2016.

Nancy Zafris, editor of the Flannery O’Connor Award series, said Graley’s book focuses on “the diversity of rural life. A grandfather takes out his shotgun to stop wannabe gangbangers, only to discover one of the boys is his grandson. A widower befriends a young man trying to cope with his wife’s departure, the poisoning of his dogs and the closing in each night of braver and braver coyotes.”

Zafris, in a news release, continued: “Flannery O’Connor commented that the more you study a single object, the more of the world you see in it.”

Graley’s book of poetry, “Box of Blue Horses,” was published in 2013. Her short stories have appeared in “Glimmer Train Stories” and the “McNeese Review.”

She earned the UL-Lafayette Foundation’s Ray P. Authement Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010 and was granted an Awards to Louisiana Artists and Scholars sabbatical in 2009-10 by the Louisiana Board of Regents.