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Thalia Cheronis Selz, American writer, educator. Recipient O. Henry award, 1963, Illinois Arts Council award for fiction, 1978, 81; National Education Association Creative Writing fellow, 1981-1982; winner Writers' Workshop Memoirs Contest, 1997; grantee Connecticut Commission on Arts, 1990-1991, Papanikolas Charitable Trust, 1991-1992.


Selz, Thalia Cheronis was born on October 15, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Daughter of Nicholas Dimitrios and Irene (Hamlin) Cheronis.


Bachelor, Oberlin College, 1947;Master of Arts, University of Chicago, 1951.


Instructor English, Pomona College, Claremont, California, 1955-1957;lecturer department writing, Columbia University, New York City, 1966-1967;instructor English, Queens College, Flushing, New York, 1967-1968, 70-71;instructor English, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, 1976-1979;visiting fiction writer, U. Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, 1979-1981;writer-in-residence, Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, 1981-1996;writer-in-residence graduate studies, Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, 1996-1998. Consultant New York Council on Arts, New York City, 1969-1970. Founder, editor Story Quarterly, Highland Park, Illinois, 1974-1978.

Judge literature competitions, United States, Canada,1979-.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor (book) Best American Short Stories, 1962, Prize Stories-O. Henry Awards, 1963, American Fiction #3, 1992.


Fellow MacDowell Colony Fellows, Yaddo Fellows. Member Association Writing Programs, Greek-American Women's Network, Modern Greek Studies Association, Poets & Writers Inc.


Married Peter Howard Selz, June 10, 1948 (divorced August 1965). Children: Tanya Nicole Eugenia Selz, Gabrielle Hamlin Selz Mync.

Nicholas Dimitrios Cheronis

Irene (Hamlin) Cheronis

Peter Howard Selz

Tanya Nicole Eugenia Selz

Gabrielle Hamlin Selz Mync Selz