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PEN AMERICAN CENTER
Pen serves as a professional organization for writers, editors, and agents, and has established themselves as an advocate in support of persecuted writers worldwide. In additional to various political and social causes, the organization also sponsors a number of literary grants and awards. Pen American Center
ACADEMY OF AMERICAN POETS
Eric Mathieu King Fund Grants/Greenwall Fund Grants
Twelve grants totaling $24,000 were awarded to noncommercial presses
to support poetry book projects in 1998. Eric Mathieu King Fund grants, which
support the publication of original collections of poetry, reprints of classic
poetry criticism, anthologies, and translations, were given to Alef Books,
which will publish At the Intersection by Michael Ruby; Blue Begonia Press,
which will publish Storm by Judith Skillman; Oberlin College Press, which
will publish Encounter, 3 A.M. by Franz Wright; Ohio University Press, which
will publish The Selected Poems of Yvor Winters; Paris Press, which will
publish Ordinary Words by Ruth Stone; and Wesleyan University Press, which
will publish The Clouds Float North by Yu Xuanji, translated by David Young
and Jiann I. Lin.
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ARTS AND LETTERS
The American Academy of Arts and Letters has announced the recipients
of its 1998 literary awards.
Academy Awards in Literature, which honor writers of exceptional talent,
were given to seven U.S. poets and fiction writers. The poets are Edward
Hirsch of Houston, Texas; Mary Ruefle of Bennington, Vermont; and Gjertrud
Schnackenberg of Boston. The fiction writers are Albert Guerard of Stanford,
California, and Bradford Morrow of New York City. Memoirist Annie Dillard
and translator Edward Snow also won awards. Each winner received
Thom Gunn of San Francisco received the $5,000 Award of Merit Medal
for his body of work. His most recent collection is Collected Works (Farrar,
Straus & Giroux, 1994).
Yusef Komunyakaa of Bloomington, Indiana, received the $5,000 Morton
Dauwen Zabel Award given to writers of "progressive and experimental tendencies."
His most recent book of poetry is Thieves of Paradise (University Press of
New England, 1998).
Rick Moody of New York City received the $5,000 Addison Metcalf Award
for Literature, which is given to a young writer of great promise. Moody
is the author of Purple America (Little, Brown, 1997).
Joseph Skibell won the $5,000 Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation
Award, given to a young writer for a novel published during the previous
year, which, though not a commercial success, is a considerable literary
accomplishment, for Blessing on the Moon (Algonquin Books, 1997). Howard
Bahr received the $5,000 Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award, given to a writer
for the quality of his or her prose, for The Black Flower (Henry Holt, 1998).
And Charles Frazier of Raleigh, North Carolina, received the $2,500 Sue Kaufman
Prize for First Fiction, given for the best first novel or collection of
short stores of the preceding year, for Cold Mountain (Atlantic Monthly Press,
Elizabeth Spires of Baltimore received the $2,500 Witter Bynner Prize
given to an emerging poet. Her most recent collection is Swan's Island (Carnegie
Mellon University Press, 1997).
The awards are given by members of the Academy; there is no application
American Academy of Arts and Letters, 633 West 155 Street, New
York, NY 10032-7599. (212) 368-5900.
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has elected new Fellows
in Literature for 1998. They are Walter Abish, Maureen Howard, Romulus Linney,
J.D. McClatchy, and Albert Murray, all of New York City; Guy Davenport of
Lexington, Kentucky; David Ferry of Wellesley, Massachusetts; Diane Johnson
of San Francisco and Paris; Steve Millhauser of Saratoga Springs, New York;
and Richard Powers of Setauket, New York.
Fellows are recognized for their distinguished contributions to the
arts, scholarship, science, and public affairs. Current members nominate
and elect new fellows. There is no application process.
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Norton's Woods, 136 Irving
Street, Cambridge, MA 02138-1996. (617) 576-5000.
AMERICAN BOOKSELLERS ASSOCIATION
1998 ABBY Award
Charles Frazier of Raleigh, North Carolina, won the $5,000 ABBY Award
for his novel Cold Mountain (Atlantic Monthly Press, 1997). The prize was
given by the American Booksellers Association for the book its members most
enjoyed selling in 1997.
ABA members may nominate any work published in any year for the annual
award; members elect the winner from the five titles that receive the most
nominations. There is no application process.
American Booksellers Association, 828 South Broadway, Tarrytown,
NY 10591. (914) 591-2665.
AMERICAN POETRY REVIEW
Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prizes
Robert Bly of Minneapolis and Ira Sadoff of North Vassalboro, Maine,
won the 1997 Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prizes. Bly's "What the Animals Paid"
and other poems appeared in the May/June 1997 issue of APR, and Sadoff's
"There's No Rigor Like the Old Rigor II" and other poems appeared in the
July/August 1997 issue. Each poet received $1,000.
The prizes are given annually for the best poems published in the
previous year in APR, a bimonthly journal of poetry, interviews, and critical
articles. There is no application process.
Honickman First Book Prize
Joshua Beckman of Brooklyn, New York, won the first annual APR/Honickman
First Book Prize for Things Are Happening. Beckman received $3,000 and
publication of his poetry collection by American Poetry Review with distribution
by Copper Canyon Press and Consortium. The judge was Gerald Stern. The prize
is given to provide a wide readership for a deserving first book of poems.
American Poetry Review, 1721 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
19103. (215) 496-0439.
Hackney Literary Award for the Novel
Surya Sinha of Norwalk, Connecticut, won the 1998 Hackney Literary
Award for the Novel for The House of Hindola. She received $2,000, and her
novel has been submitted for publication by the award administrators.
Awarded annually as part of "Writing Today," the Birmingham-Southern
College writers' conference, the prize is given for an unpublished novel.
Next year the prize will be raised to $5,000.
Birmingham-Southern College, Hackney Literary Award for the
Novel, BSC Box 549003, Birmingham, AL 35254. (205) 226-4921. Martha Andrews,
Director of Special Events.
BOX TURTLE PRESS
Mudfish Poetry Prize
The co-winners of the third annual Mudfish Poetry Prize are Alexandria
Peary of Northampton, Massachusetts, for "Two Women from a Mattisse Painting"
and Stephen Sandy of North Bennington, Vermont, for "Petering." They shared
the $500 prize, and their poems will be published in Mudfish, a journal of
poetry and art published by Box Turtle Press. Jorie Graham was the
Submit any number of unpublished poems; all entries will be considered
for publication. The reading fee is $15 for up to three poems and $2 for
each additional poem. In the next competition, the first-place award will
be raised to $1,000, and the judge will be C.K. Williams. The deadline is
April 30, 1999. Send an SASE for complete guidelines.
Box Turtle Press, Mudfish Poetry Prize, 184 Franklin Street,
New York, NY 10013. (212) 219-9278. Jill Hoffman, Editor.
1998 Rea Award for the Short Story
John Edgar Wideman of Amherst, Massachusetts, received the $30,000
Rea Award for the Short Story. Wideman's most recent collection of stories
is All Stories Are True (Vintage, 1993). Gina Berriault, Tim O'Brien, and
Grace Paley were this year's judges.
The award is given annually by the Dungannon Foundation to a living
U.S. writer who has made a significant contribution to the short story form.
There is no application process.
Dungannon Foundation, Rea Award for the Short Story, 53 West
Church Hill Road, Washington, CT 06794.
THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING UNION
Ambassador Book Awards
Poet Charles Wright of Charlottesville, Virginia, fiction writer Don
DeLillo of New York, and fiction and creative nonfiction writer James Salter
of Aspen, Colorado, each received $1,000 Ambassador Book Awards. Wright won
for his collection of poetry Black Zodiac (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1997)
and DeLillo won for his novel Underworld (Scribner, 1997). Salter won for
his memoir Burning the Days: Recollection (Random House, 1997). The
English-Speaking Union, a nonprofit educational organization, distributes
the winning books throughout its libraries and facilities in Australia, Canada,
Great Britain, India, and New Zealand.
The award is given annually to recognize books that have made "an
exceptional contribution to the interpretation of life and culture in the
United States." There is no application process.
The English-Speaking Union, Ambassador Book Awards, 16 East
69 Street, New York, NY 10021. (212) 879-6800. George Plimpton,
Institute of International Education, Cintas Fellowships Program,
Arts International, 809 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY
INTERNATIONAL IMPAC DUBLIN LITERARY CONTEST
Romanian novelist Herta Müller won £75,000 Irish ($110,000
U.S.) in the third annual International Impac Dublin Literary Award for her
novel The Land of Green Plums. Michael Hofmann, the translator, received
£25,000 Irish ($40,000 U.S.). The award honors a novel written and published
in English or written in any other language and published in English translation
that makes a lasting contribution to world literature. The judges were Greg
Gatenby, Margo Glantz, Paul Muldoon, Märta Tikkanen, and Al Young.
The City of Dublin Library in partnership with Impac, a
management-productivity engineering company, invites libraries around the
world to nominate up to three titles, which must then be submitted by the
publisher. An international panel of judges selects a short list of books
from which the winner is chosen. The deadline for 1999's nominations
will be in June.
International Impac Dublin Literary Contest, Cumberland House,
Fenian Street, Dublin 2, Ireland. (353) 1 661-9000. Brendan Teeling.
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