We are pleased to introduce Charles Wyatt of Nashville, Tennessee, as the winner of our inaugural Hawk Mountain Award for his collection of short stories, Houses. His book has been published on the Hidden River Press imprint of Hidden River Publishing.
In addition to his talent as a writer, Charles holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and a Masters of Music Degree from the Philadelphia Musical Academy. He has had a long career as principal flutist of the Nashville Symphony. Along the way, he also began writing poems and stories, frequently using his music background. He earned an MFA degree at Warren Wilson College and published his first collection of short fiction shortly thereafter. The transformation became complete when he left the orchestra and began teaching writing and literature at, among others, Oberlin College, Purdue University and Denison University. Nashville remains his home between teaching assignments.