Black Hills State University associate professor and writer-in-residence Kent Meyers has several reasons to celebrate this spring.

His short story “Rodney Valen’s Second Life” appeared in the most recent issue of The Georgia Review, a prestigious literary journal from the University of Georgia. A guest editor working with the Houghton-Miflin publishing company reviewed The Georgia Review and saw Meyers’ work. Out of all published short stories in the nation, Meyers’ short story was chosen as one of 20 to be included in the next edition of Best in American Mystery Stories.

“I did not see this story to be a mystery story, but they did,” said Meyers.  “I’m pretty pleased with that.”

Meyers’ other previously published works led him to be nominated by editors Lia Purpura and Judith Kitchens for the Pushcart Prize, one of the major awards in short story writing in the United States. Meyers submission, “Rodney Valen’s Second Life,” is now being reviewed by the Pushcart Prize board for possible publication in The Pushcart Prize—Best of the Small Presses annual publication within the year.

Another of Meyers’ short stories, titled “The Car That Loved Water,” was accepted for publication in the Storyquarterly literary journal.

Meyers received his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Minnesota-Morris and his master’s degree in English from Washington State University. He has been a member of the BHSU faculty since 1986.