Sister Mariella Gable Series

2018 Sister Mariella Gable Series Winner

Jamel Brinkley Public Reading: September 11, 7:00 p.m. Upper Gorecki     

Jamel Brinkley is the 2018 Sister Mariella Gable Award recipient for his debut short story collection, A Lucky Man, published by Graywolf Press and A Public Space Books. A graduate of Columbia University and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, Brinkley has had works of fiction published in The Best American Short Stories 2018, A Public Space, Ploughshares, American Short Fiction, and LitMag, among others. Brinkley was the 2016-2017 Carol Houck Smith Fiction Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and will be the 2018-2020 Wallace Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University.

In A Lucky Man, Brinkley details nine stories of black men and boys whose mistakes threaten their personal relationships, giving light to a world shaped by race, gender and class.

Learn more about Past Winners which include titles by Edwidge Danticat, Susan Stewart, Claudia Rankine, Ru Freeman, Deborah Baker, Binyavanga Wainaina, Tiphanie Yanique, Ellen Bryant Voigt, Linda Gregg, Tracy K. Smith, Nurruddin Farah, Jane Kenyon, Clint McCown, Joe Coomer, Judith Kitchen, and Victoria Redel.

About the Award

Sister Mariella Gable was an English professor at CSB from 1928-73.  She was also a Dante scholar, poet, editor and writer. Sister Mariella tirelessly promoted the cause of two then little-known authors, Flannery O’Connor and J.F. Powers, and introduced audiences in the United States to such Irish writers as Frank O'Connor, Sean O'Faolain, Mary Lavin, and Bryan MacMahon through her many essays and anthologies.

The Sister Mariella Gable Award is given each year by the College of Saint Benedict for an important work of literature published by Graywolf Press. Graywolf Press, described by Ploughshares magazine as, "arguably the best small press in the country," and LAI have formed an innovative collaboration to explore new ways of promoting the literary arts on campus, to audiences in the surrounding area, and in the Twin Cities.