The Jerome Irving Bank Memorial Short Story Prize was endowed by Lawrence H. Bank, Esq. '65 to honor and preserve the memory of his late brother, Jerome Irving Bank, Esq., a graduate of Hobart College and of the New York University School of Law.
The Bank Visiting Writer judges the prize submissions, visits Franklin & Marshall College during the spring semester to meet the prize winner and runner-up, leads an afternoon craft talk with students and offers an evening reading.
2020 Bank Visiting Writer
Caitlin Horrocks is author of the novel The Vexations (Little, Brown, 2019). Her story collection This Is Not Your City was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice and a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Another story collection, Life Among the Terranauts, is forthcoming from Little, Brown in 2021. Her stories and essays appear in The New Yorker, The Best American Short Stories, The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, The Pushcart Prize, The Paris Review, Tin House, and One Story, as well as other journals and anthologies. Her awards include the Plimpton Prize and fellowships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the MacDowell Colony. She is on the advisory board of the Kenyon Review, where she recently served as fiction editor. She teaches at Grand Valley State University and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with her family.