“Paulette Livers is the real thing—a blazing talent with a fierce intelligence
and a big heart, big enough to encompass a horrible tragedy and the inner life of
an entire community. She has written a brilliant and deeply compassionate study
of grief, violence, loneliness, and love. And her language sings.
This is a stunning debut —a perfect novel with deep implications for our own time.”
—Lee Smith, author of Guests on Earth, Oral History, The Last Girls, and others
Paulette Livers is the author of the novel Cementville which, with Joyce Carol Oates and Isabel Allende, was awarded the Elle magazine Lettres Prize 2014 and was recently long listed for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Award by the Center for Fiction. She grew up in Kentucky and has lived and worked in Louisville, Atlanta, and Boulder as a painter, illustrator, and book designer for publishers around the country. Her lifelong love of writing and literature led her to join a writing group where she began to see her own writing as something to be shared beyond the privacy of her studio. Paulette has since received awards, residencies, and fellowships from the Artcroft Foundation, Aspen Writers Foundation, the Bedell Foundation, Center for the American West, Denver Women’s Press Club, Key West Literary Seminars, and Ox-Bow Artist Residence. The recipient of the 2012 David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction, her work has also been shortlisted for awards from Britain’s Bridport Prize, and Hunger Mountain, among others. Along with Honorable Mentions for the Red Hen Press Short Story Award, Writers at Work, and the Kentucky Women Writers Conference’s Gabehart Prize, her stories have appeared in the Southwest Review, The Dos Passos Review, Spring Gun Press, and elsewhere and can be heard at the audio-journal Bound Off. Her work is represented by Michelle Brower of Folio Literary Management. A member of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, she now lives in Chicago.