author Donald Lystra


Raised in cities and small towns around Michigan, Donald Lystra received degrees in electrical engineering and sociology from the University of Michigan. He worked on electrical power plants before beginning to write fiction in the mid-1990s and his writing reflects the unique perspective of an engineer turned writer. Lystra's first book, a novel entitled Season of Water and Ice, captured both the Midwest Book Award and the Michigan Notable Book Award in 2010. His second book, released in September, 2013, is a story collection entitled Something that Feels like Truth. It has received widespread advance praise with the American Library Association's Booklist calling it "luminous" and "a stellar collection of masterfully crafted gems." Anthony Bukoski, writing in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, said of the book: "I won't forget this beautiful piece (the concluding story) and what Lystra accomplishes in it and in this wise book."

Lystra has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the MacDowell Colony, where he was honored with the Gerald Freund award for emerging writers, and his short fiction has received Special Mention in the Pushcart Prizes. He and his wife divide their time between Ann Arbor and a farm in northern Michigan. He has two grown children.


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