Barry Hannah is an acclaimed novelist and short-story writer. Working in the tradition of southern fiction, he creates quirky, humorous, and violent narratives. His first novel, Geronimo Rex (1972), was awarded the William Faulkner Award and was nominated for the National Book Award. Airships (1978) has been called one of the finest collections of short fiction from the contemporary South. Another of his novels, High Lonesome (1997), was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and in 1999 Hannah received the Robert Penn Warren Lifetime Achievement Award in Fiction. Hannah was a writer-in-residence at the University of Mississippi beginning in 1982.