Died: November 8, 2008
Ohio connection: Former Resident
A Philadelphia native, Sheila Miriam Schwartz was born to Philip and Ruth (Motiloff) Schwartz. She graduated from Temple University with a BA in English in 1974 and earned her Master of Arts from the State University of New York, Binghamton in 1981. Schwartz taught award-winning author Dan Chaon when he was attending Northwestern University in Chicago. The two later married in 1988 and had two sons. Schwartz went on to teach at Northwestern, Ohio University, Syracuse University, New York University, and Cleveland State University. Schwartz penned the prize-winning short story collection, Imagine a Great White Light, and the novel Lies Will Take You Somewhere. Schwartz died of cancer on November 8, 2008.
National Education Association Individual Artists Fellow, 1993; National Endowment for the Arts Grant, 1993; Stegner fellow Standford University, 1981; Pushcart Editors’ Book Award, 1991; O. Henry Award, 1999; Ohio Arts Council Grant, 2005.