Born: May 4, 1952
Ohio connection: Former Resident
A Philadelphia navtive, Sheila Miriam Schwartz was born May 4, 1952, to Philip and Ruth (Motiloff) Schwartz. She graduated from Temple University with a BA in English in 1974 and earned her Master of Arts from the State University of New York, Binghamton in 1981. Schwartz taught at Northwestern, Ohio, Syracuse Univerisity, NY and Cleveland State University. Schwartz penned the prize-winning short story collection Imagine a Great White Light and the novel Lies Will Take You Somewhere. She married Daniel D. Chaon in 1988 and they had two sons. Schwartz died of cancer on November 8, 2008.
National Education Association Individual Artists Fellow, 1993; National Endowment for the Arts Grant, 1993; Stegner fellow Standford University, 1981; Pushcart Editors' Book Award, 1991; O. Henry Award, 1999; Ohio Arts Council Grant, 2005.