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Bryn Chancellor’s debut novel Sycamore (Harper/HarperCollins, May 2017), hailed as “hypnotic” (O: The Oprah Magazine) and “a transporting vision of community, connection, and forgiveness” (Publishers Weekly), was an Indie Next pick, an Amazon Editors’ Best Book of 2017, and among Bustle‘s Best Debuts of 2017. Her story collection When Are You Coming Home?(University of Nebraska Press, 2015) won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize, and her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Gulf Coast, Blackbird, Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, Phoebe, The Common, Publishers Weekly, and elsewhere. A recipient of a 2017-18 Artist Fellowship from the North Carolina Arts Council, she also has received the Poets & Writers Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award; fellowships from the Arizona and Alabama state arts councils; and scholarships from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee writers conferences. She earned her M.F.A. in fiction from Vanderbilt University and is an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. A native of California raised in Arizona, she is married to artist Timothy Winkler.