Born: May 27, 1941
Ohio connection: Birth
Robert Halsall Abel was born in Painesville; the son of Robert H. (a textile worker) and Lora Constance Logan (a school bus driver). He worked in Beijing as a foreign expert in 1987, and taught English through literature at the Beijing Foreign Studies University in 1994 and 1997. He has also lectured on literature and language throughout Southeast Asia, including the University of Sumatra and Andalas University (Indonesia), Thammasat University (Bangkok) and De LaSalle and St. Louis Universities (Philippines). His novels include Riding a Tiger, Freedom Dues, and The Progress of a Fire. He has also published three collections of stories: Ghost Traps (the title story of which won the 1989 Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Award), Full-Tilt Boogie and Skin and Bones. Robert Abel now lives in Massachusetts.
Nominated for Pushcart Prize – Best of the Small Presses, 1994, for two stories. Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, for Ghost Traps, 1989. Publication of story collection, Full-tilt Boogie, sponsored by Massachusetts Council on Arts and Humanities in cooperation with Lynx House Press, 1989. National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship,1978. Second Prize, O. Henry Festival Contest, 1987. Finalist, Drue Heinz Literature Prize, 1984, for “War Babies.” Nominated for Best of the Small Presses, 1977, for “Matching Parts,” which appeared in Dark Horse. Honorable mention, Martha Foley’s Best Short Stories of 1974, for “Rabbitskin,” published in Kansas Quarterly (Summer 1974).