2006 Fiction Runner-Up
The Discontinuity of Small Things
Kevin Haworth was born in Brooklyn in 1971. He attended Vassar College
in Poughkeepsie, NY, majoring in English and graduating with Honors in
1992. It was at Vassar that he began writing fiction, studying with novelist
Thomas Mallon, and was one of twelve Vassar students selected to write
a final thesis project focused on creative work.
After graduation, he moved to Israel to participate in Sherut La’am (Service
to the People), a year-long volunteer program. He studied Hebrew
and worked as an avocado farmer at a kibbutz in the north, then moved to
the Negev Desert where he worked in a community center.
In 1995 he received a teaching fellowship to Arizona State University, earning
an M.F.A. in Fiction Writing in 1997. While there, he taught fiction
workshops and published his first story, “The Story of Jonah and the Whale,”
which won the Permafrost Fiction Prize. During that time he also began
work on The Discontinuity of Small Things.
In 1997 he moved to Philadelphia, where his wife was attending rabbinical
school. His second published story, “The Promised Land,” won the David
Dornstein Prize for Young Jewish Writers in 1998. In 1999 and in 2001 he
was awarded month-long residencies to the Vermont Studio Center, where
he worked as a carpenter and wrote long sections of his novel.
In 2006, his novel The Discontinuity of Small Things was recognized as a
notable title in the Writers Notes Magazine Book Awards and was also
awarded the Samuel Goldberg & Sons Foundation Prize for Jewish Fiction
by Emerging Writers.
He now lives in Athens, Ohio, and teaches writing and literature at Ohio
University. He is married to Rabbi Danielle Leshaw