Joe Sacksteder, author of the novel Driftless Quintet, has won the fifth annual Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature. As a result, the book will be published by Schaffner Press in October 2019. The award is presented annually to a work of fiction, nonfiction or poetry that deals in some way with the subject of music and its influence, and it celebrates the life of publisher Tim Schaffner's brother Nicholas, who was a poet, musician, biographer and music critic.
Schaffner commented: "Driftless Quintet is an ominous, genre-bending story set in hockey country that brings elements of a coming-of-age novel, a sports story and the movie Get Out, all with a compelling underscore of classical music."
Sacksteder is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Utah, where he is managing editor of Quarterly West. His debut story collection, Make/Shift, is forthcoming from Sarabande Books, and his album of sound collages, Fugitive Traces, is available from Punctum Books. His writing has appeared in such publications as Ninth Letter, Salt Hill, Denver Quarterly, the Rumpus and the Literary Review. He is also a visiting instructor of fiction and non-fiction at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan.