Allen Wier

Allen Wier 

The Mountain Valley Arts Council is getting ready to host its second Art Talks event on June 17 with Guntersville writer Allen Wier.

Each Art Talks begins at 12:30 p.m. in the MVAC studio located on Gunter Avenue across from the Marshall County Courthouse.

Deborah Belcher is a member of MVAC and introduced the idea of hosting art talks with local artists in the Guntersville community.

“It’s truly amazing how many great artists live in this community,” she said. “These Art Talks are a great way to have artists showcase what they do as well as educate others on their process.”

Wier was the 2021 recipient of the 6th annual Truman Capote Prize for Distinguished Work in Literary Non-Fiction or the Short Story for 2021.

Wier’s work, "Late Night, Early Morning," is a collection of short stories published in 2017 by the University of Tennessee Press. He won the Capote award for this work, which can be purchased on and anywhere else books are sold.

“We’re very excited to have Allen join us for this month’s Art Talks,” Belcher said. “He’s an amazing writer and so gracious to join us. I really think those who attend this one are going to enjoy listening to Allen.”

Wier is currently writing a memoir - novel, "The No Rules Trip," revising the draft of a novel, "Skin For Skin," and working on new short stories.

He has published four novels, "Tehano," "A Place for Outlaws," "Departing as Air" and "Blanco;" two collections of stories: "Late Night, Early Morning" and "Things About to Disappear." Wier’s fiction, essays, and reviews appear in such publications as The Southern Review, Five Points, The Georgia Review, Ploughshares, Shenandoah, and the New York Times. He was named Travel Writer of the Year 1994 by the Alabama Bureau of Travel.

In November 2008, Wier received the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature. He is also the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Dobie-Paisano Fellowship from the University of Texas and the Texas Institute of Letters. In July 2010, he was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Wier will turn 75 this year and has several more projects in the works. For more information about Wier’s work, visit

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