Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships supports, promotes, and celebrates Oregon’s writers and publishers.
Literary Arts is pleased to announce the 2015 Oregon Book Awards finalists and Literary Fellowship recipients.
The Oregon Book Award winners will be announced at the 28th annual Oregon Book Awards ceremony on April 13, 2015 at the Gerding Theater at the Armory. Mitchell Jackson, author of
The Residue Years, the Multnomah County Everybody Reads selection for 2015, will host the ceremony. Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets.com.
The Oregon Book Awards and Fellowships honor the state’s finest accomplishments by Oregon writers who work in genres of poetry, fiction, drama, literary nonfiction, and literature for young readers.
In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Literary Arts and the newly established Brian Booth Writers’ Fund, the program is granting an additional $30,000 for a total of $59,000 to Oregon’s writers and publishers this year.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: On March 3, the Special Awards recipients were announced. See the full list and information below.
Vote for the Readers Choice award here: www.literary-arts.org/voteOBA. The winner will be announced at the Oregon Book Awards ceremony on April 13.
2015 OREGON BOOK AWARDS FINALISTS
KEN KESEY AWARD FOR FICTION
Judge: Stacey D’Erasmo
Smith Henderson of Portland, Fourth of July Creek (Ecco)
Lindsay Hill of Portland, Sea of Hooks (McPherson and Co.)
Cari Luna of Portland, The Revolution of Every Day (Tin House Books)
Amy Schutzer of Portland, Spheres of Disturbance (Arktoi Books)
Willy Vlautin of Scappoose, The Free (Harper Perennial)
STAFFORD/HALL AWARD FOR POETRY
Judge: Brenda Shaughnessy
Wendy Chin-Tanner of Portland, Turn (Sibling Rivalry Press)
Emily Kendal Frey of Portland, Sorrow Arrow (Octopus Books)
Endi Bogue Hartigan of Portland, Pool [5 choruses] (Omnidawn)
Zachary Schomburg of Portland, The Book of Joshua (Black Ocean)
Dawn Diez Willis of Salem, Still Life with Judas & Lightning (Airlie Press)
FRANCES FULLER VICTOR AWARD FOR GENERAL NONFICTION
Judge: Jabari Asim
Kristin Ohlson of Portland, The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers, and Foodies are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet (Rodale Press)
Robert Sitton of Portland, Lady In The Dark: Iris Barry and the Art of Film
(Columbia University Press)
Cameron Stauth of Portland, In The Name Of God: The True Story of the Fight to Save Children from Faith-Healing Homicide (Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s Press)
Noah Strycker of Creswell, The Thing With Feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human (Riverhead)
Alex Tizon of Eugene, Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
SARAH WINNEMUCCA AWARD FOR CREATIVE NONFICTION
Judge: John D’Agata
Justin Hocking of Portland, The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld (Graywolf Press0
Lisa Ohlen Harris of Newberg, The Fifth Season (Texas Tech University Press)
Floyd Skloot of Portland, Revertigo (University of Wisconsin Press)
ELOISE JARVIS MCGRAW AWARD FOR CHILDREN’S LITERATURE
Judge: Lesléa Newman
Kim T. Griswell of Ashland, Rufus Goes to School (Sterling Children’s Books)
Susan Hill Long of Portland, Whistle in the Dark (Holiday House)
H. Joseph Hopkins of Portland, The Tree Lady (Beach Lane Books)
Deborah Hopkinson of West Linn, The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, The Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel (Alfred A. Knopf)
Elizabeth Rusch of Portland, Electrical Wizard: How Nikola Tesla Lit Up the World
LESLIE BRADSHAW AWARD FOR YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE
Judge: Mitali Perkins
April Henry of Portland, The Body In the Woods (Henry Holt)
Robin Herrera of Portland, Hope is a Ferris Wheel (Amulet Books)
Lisa Schroeder of Beaverton, The Bridge From Me To You (Scholastic)
Christina Struyk-Bonn of Portland, Whisper (Orca Book Publishers)
ANGUS L. BOWMER AWARD FOR DRAMA
Judge: Naomi Iizuka
Rich Rubin of Portland, September Twelfth
Andrea Stolowitz of Portland, Ithaka
Sandra Stone of Portland, Absurdist Or, Is It?: 3 Inter-related Plays
George Taylor of Beaverton, Ghosts in the Canvas
Nick Zagone of Portland, Blood on the Books or the Powell’s Play
In addition to recognizing the finest achievements of Oregon authors in several genres, Literary Arts recognizes individual contributions with the C.E.S. Wood Award, the Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award, and the Walt Morey Young Readers Literary Legacy Award:
The C.E.S. Wood Retrospective Award, which celebrates a distinguished career in Oregon letters, will honor Ralph Salisbury. Salisbury has published 11 collections of poetry, including Rainbow of Stone and Like the Sun in Storm, which were both finalists for the Oregon Book Award. He has also published three short story collections and a memoir, So Far, So Good, which Library Journal called “an important glimpse into 20th-century Midwestern life.” His previous awards include a Fulbright, the Rockefeller Bellagio Award in Fiction, and the Northwest Poetry Award.
This year’s Walt Morey Special Award, which honors significant contributions that have enriched Oregon’s young readers, will be awarded to Jann Tankersley. Tankersley is a library teacher at Dayton Elementary School and a member of the Oregon Association of School Libraries. She implemented the creation of The Beverly Cleary Children’s Choice Award in 2002. To date, over 22,000 elementary school students have participated in the award by voting for their favorite titles. Tankersley has also served on the BCCCA committee for 11 years.
The Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award for outstanding contributions to Oregon’s literary life will be given to Tom Spanbauer. Spanbauer created Portland’s Dangerous Writing workshop in 1990. More than 30 of Spanbauer’s students over the last 20 years have been published and moved on to their own literary and teaching careers, including Chuck Palahniuk, Monica Drake, Robert Hill, Joanna Rose, and Amy Schutzer. Spanbauer is the author of five published novels, including Now Is The Hour and I Loved You More.
2015 OREGON LITERARY FELLOWSHIP RECIPIENTS
Literary Arts is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Oregon Literary Fellowships to writers and to publishers. The judges named 14 writers and three publishers to receive grants of $3000.
Laura Christina Dunn of Portland
Trevino Brings Plenty of Milwaukie, The C.Hamilton Bailey Fellowship
A. Molotkov of Portland
Hajara Quinn of Portland
Ashley Toliver of Portland, The Oregon Poetry Community Fellowship
Colleen Burner of Portland, The Women Writer’s Fellowship
Airin Miller of Portland, The Friends of the Lake Oswego Library William Stafford Fellowship
Justin Hocking of Portland
Otis Haschemeyer of Eugene
Cheston Knapp of Portland
Elena Passarello of Corvallis, The Leslie Bradshaw Fellowship
The nonfiction, fiction and poetry fellowships were judged by a panel of writers:
Tara Ison, Lee Ann Roripaugh, and Matthew Vollmer.
Judge: Dare Clubb
Peter Malae of McMinnville
Young Readers Literature
Judge: Jo Knowles
Addie Boswell of Portland, The Edna L. Holmes Fellowship in Young Readers Literature
Christine Fletcher of Portland, The Walt Morey Fellowship
Judge: James McCoy
Big Big Wednesday of Portland
The Masters Review of Portland
Phantom Drift of La Grande