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John Bennion
John Bennion writes novels, essays, and short fiction about the western Utah desert and the people who inhabit that forbidding country. He has published a collection of short fiction, Breeding Leah and other Stories (Signature Books, 1991), and a novel, Falling Toward Heaven (Signature Books, 2000). He has published short work in Ascent, AWP Chronicle, English Journal, Utah Holiday, Journal of Experiential Education, Sunstone Magazine, Best of the West II, Black American Literature Forum, Journal of Mormon History, and others. He has written two contemporary young adult novels, Born of Ashes and Snake in Eden. An associate professor at Brigham Young University, Bennion teaches creative writing and the British novel. He has made a special study of the late Victorian and Modern writer, Thomas Hardy. As a teacher, he specializes in experiential writing and literature programs, including Wilderness Writing, a class in which students backpack and then write personal narratives about their experiences; and England and Literature, a study abroad program during which students study Romantic and Victorian writers and hike through the landscapes where those writers lived. (BYU Faculty Profile)

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Web Site Author's Website
http://outdoorwriting.byu.edu/
Also Known As John Serge Bennion
Religion LDS
Spouse Karla, a psychotherapist and mystery novel writer
Children Five
Education B.A. in English from Utah State University (1977)
M. A. in English from BYU (1981)
Ph. D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston (1989).
Awards Association for Mormon Letters personal essay prize, 2006
Finalist for Utah Book Award, Falling Toward Heaven, 2001
Utah Arts Council first prize in young adult novel, Born of Ashes, 2001
Association for Mormon Letters short story prize, 1989
Utah Arts Council first prize in short story, "Dust," 1987

Works by John Bennion
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The Lost Sons1981 Dissertation / Thesis
Mapping Manifest Destiny: The Paintings of Lucile Cannon Bennion2003Criticism
Austen's Granddaughter: Louise Plummer Re(de)fines Romance2001Criticism
"All Is Well in Zion"? : Publishing Among the Gentiles2000Criticism
Esther Ann and Me: An Essay into Boundaries2000Criticism
Mary Bennion Powell: Polygamy and Silence1997Criticism
Popular and Literary Mormon Novels: Can Weyland and Whipple Dance Together in the House of Fiction?1997Criticism
Renegotiating Scylla and Charybdis: A New Look at Insider and Outsider Stereotypes of Mormonism1997Criticism
Faithful and Ambiguous Fiction: Can Weyland and Whipple Dance Together in the House of Fiction?1995Criticism
Debunking Punch and Cookie Culture1990Criticism
[Interview with Mary Clyde]2000Interview / Panel
An Interview with John Bennion1994Interview / Panel
Falling Toward Heaven2000Novel
The Burial Pool1999Novel Excerpt
Like the Lilies of the Field2006Personal Essay
Doubt and the Desert1994Personal Essay
The Chimerical Desert1992Personal Essay
Surviving with Hope1999Review
Individualism and the Mormon West1995Review
[Review of] Benediction: A Book of Stories, by Neal Chandler1990Review
Dust1992Short Story
Breeding Leah1991Short Story
Breeding Leah : And Other Stories1991Short Story Collection
A Court of Love1988Short Story
A House of Order1988Short Story
The Interview1985Short Story
Dusty1983Short Story


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