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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Erin Pringle  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Born: September 16, 1981 in Terre Haute, Indiana



Illinois Connection

Pringle grew up in Casey, Illinois. She lived there until she was eighteen years old. She also attended Columbia College in Chicago in 2000.

Biographical and Professional Information

Erin Pringle was born to Carol J. and James E. Pringle in Terre Haute, Indiana because it was the closest hospital to Casey, Illinois. She lived in Casy, Illinois until she was eighteen and went to Chicago to go to Columbia College. Pringle currently resides in Texas with her husband Jeremy Toungate. Pringle has a MFA in Creative Writing from Texas State University and a B.S. in English Literature with a minor in Creative Writing from Indiana State University where she also graduated cum laude. Erin's work has been heavily anthologised and has been read on radio. Her fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, named a Best American Notable Non-Required Reading of 2007, and was short-listed for the 2007 Charles Pick Fellowship.Published Stories

Fall 2008 Every Good Girl Does Fine in Big PulpThe Floating Order in Electric Velocipede

Summer 2008 Midwest in Memoriam in New York TyrantSleight in Dogzplot The Goblin Train in kadar koli

Spring 2008 Why Jimmy in Austin Chronicle OnlineAll I Have Left in EtchingsRabbits in Interbirth Books website

Winter 2007/2008 Drift in pacificReviewSanctuary in Dark Recesses

Fall 2007Pygmalions in Ugly AccentThirteen Ways of Looking at My Father in Quay

Summer 2007 Trolls in Whistling ShadeAll I Have Left in Project for a New MythologySkeletons/My Fourth Birthday in SUB-LIT

Fall 2006 The Only Child in Barrelhouse (print edition, illustrated by Warren Craghead)

Spring 2006 Digging in Lake EffectMagnolia Lyric in Quarter After Eight Park in Sno

vigateThe Only Child in Barrelhouse (web edition)

Summer 2005 Losing, I Think in Whistling Shade

Fall 2005 Stay in Porcupine'Losing, I Think in CircleMoxie in Bonfire

Spring 2003 Remember Ella in Quarter After Eight

Winter 2003 Wednesday Night Reflections, Edited Thursday in Quarter After EightRaw As Hands in Pagitica in TorontoMabel and Ivy in Downstate StoryLooker in Adirondack Review

Spring 2002 Where Cats Meow in Indiana English Journal

January 2001Novel excerpt: Of Helen in Drunk Duck.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The Floating Order
ISBN: 1906120420

Two Ravens Press Ltd. 2009

The Floating Order is a unique and innovative collection of stories. Erin Pringle's world is filled with the dreamlike, nightmarish narratives of children: children in danger, children at the mercy of their parents, children in all kinds of trouble. Children who continually rise, return, and haunt the pages. "Erin Pringle's stories are true wonders - a beautiful mix of intimate feeling, thick syntax, and dangerous language." Michael Kimball


-- The Only Child was named a Best American Notable Non-Required Reading for 2007Shortlisted for the 2007 Charles Pick FellowshipWinner of Pagitica in Toronto Short-Fiction ContestPushcart-Prize Nominee for The Only Child in 2007Finalist in Austin Chronicle Short Story ContestHonorable Mention in Stony Brook Fiction Contest, 2002, 2003Nominated for an Illinois Art Council Award 2003 - for story in Downstate Story Magazine