Category:PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award winners
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1. Toni Morrison – Toni Morrison is an American novelist, editor, and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. Her novels are known for their themes, vivid dialogue. Among her best known novels are The Bluest Eye, Sula, Song of Solomon, Morrison won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award in 1988 for Beloved. Beloved was adapted into a film of the name in 1998. Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993, in 1996, the National Endowment for the Humanities selected her for the Jefferson Lecture, the U. S. federal governments highest honor for achievement in the humanities. She was honored with the 1996 National Book Foundations Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, Morrison was commissioned to write the libretto for a new opera, Margaret Garner, first performed in 2005. On May 29,2012, Morrison received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 2016 Morrison received the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction. Toni Morrison was born in Lorain, Ohio, to Ramah and she is the second of four children in a working-class family. Her parents moved to Ohio to escape racism and instilled a sense of heritage through telling traditional African American folktales. She read frequently as a child, among her favorite authors were Jane Austen and she became a Catholic at the age of 12 and received the baptismal name Anthony, which later became the basis for her nickname Toni. In 1949 she enrolled at Howard University, graduating in 1953 with a B. A. in English and her Masters thesis was Virginia Woolfs and William Faulkners Treatment of the Alienated. She taught English, first at Texas Southern University in Houston for two years, then at Howard for seven years, while teaching at Howard, she met Harold Morrison, a Jamaican architect, whom she married in 1958. The couple had two children and divorced in 1964, in that capacity, Morrison played a vital role in bringing black literature into the mainstream, editing books by authors such as Henry Dumas, Toni Cade Bambara, Angela Davis, and Gayl Jones. In 1983, she left publishing to devote time to writing. Morrison began writing fiction as part of an group of poets. She attended one meeting with a story about a black girl who longed to have blue eyes. She later developed the story as her first novel, The Bluest Eye and she wrote it while raising two children and teaching at Howard. In 1975 her novel Sula was nominated for the National Book Award and her third novel, Song of Solomon, brought her national attention
2. Doren Robbins – Doren Robbins is a contemporary American poet, prose poet, fiction writer, essayist, mixed media artist, and educator. As a cultural activist, he has organized and developed projects for Amnesty International, the Salvadoran Medical Relief Fund, the Romero Relief Fund, Robbins has lived most of his life in California and Oregon. In spring 2008, Eastern Washington University Press published a new book of poems and his previous collection of poetry, Driving Face Down, won the Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry. In 2004, Cedar Hill Publications published Parking Lot Mood Swing, Autobiographical Monologues and Prose Poetry. A mixed media artist as well as a writer, two of his works are currently on exhibit at the Crossing Boundaries, Visual Art by Writers exhibit, held at the Paterson Museum in New Jersey. His collage-portrait of Kenneth Rexroth, “Angles with Fissures, ” appeared in the Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center documentary film and he has been awarded three times by the Foothill College Honors Institute for his teaching. Currently he is Professor of Creative Writing and Literature at Foothill College, Robbins was director of the Foothill College Writers’ Conference 2003, 2006-2008. The University of Iowa, MFA,1993, Two years post-graduate studies in literature, multiculturalism, and criticism at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1994-96. Doren Robbins began actively publishing poetry in the 1970s, as suggested by Robbins prose poem monologue “My Dylan Thomas, ” the Welsh poet was an inspiration and an early influence. At age eighteen Robbins attended a production of Sidney Michaels’ Dylan, A Play Based On Dylan Thomas In America By John Malcolm Brinnin, the production was an inspiration adding to Robbins’s continuing study of Thomas’s poetry with a new emphasis on sound, voice, and prosody in general. Robbins discovered from an old friend attending the University of California, Santa Barbara, that Rexroth taught a course in Poetry, Song, at the evening course, Robbins introduced himself to Rexroth who generously requested he recite his poems during the class performances. For several weeks thereafter Robbins was a visitor-participant in Rexroth’s poetry seminar held in his home in Montecito and they remained in contact until Rexroth’s death in 1982. The events in 1971, and the friendship with Rexroth would prove particularly decisive for Robbins development as a poet. It was at time that he re-connected with his old friend, poet, translator, art curator. With Rabelais and Whitman we have the literature of liberation, imaginative, sexual, worldly, ultimately, Robbins’ writings containing social issues can not be easily classified. On the one hand, his narrator cogently, even passionately explores and exposes injustices his characters’ endure, there is a sense of working-class rage. Moreover, these poems have the effect of elegies to the human values abused by the world capitalist system. And he concludes his essay on Charles Bukowski by stating that “To survive without adding to the horror is sometimes the best we can do, there is courage, discipline, and cunning in the effort
3. Poetry Foundation – The Poetry Foundation is a Chicago-based American foundation created to promote poetry in the wider culture. It was formed from Poetry magazine, which it continues to publish, according to the foundations Web site, it is committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience, in partial furtherance of this objective, the Foundation runs a blog called Harriet. Poets who have blogged at Harriet on behalf of The Poetry Foundation include Ange Mlinko, Christian Bök, Stephen Burt, in addition, the Foundation provides several awards for poets and poetry. It also hosts seminars, readings, exhibitions, and a poetry library, the Poetry Foundation is a non-profit, charitable,501 organization. The foundation is the successor to the Modern Poetry Association, which was founded in 1941, the magazine, itself, was established in 1912 by Harriet Monroe. Monroe was its first publisher, until her death, and an art critic for the Chicago Tribune, today, the Poetry Foundation is one of the largest literary foundations in the world. In 2003, Poetry magazine received a grant from the estate of Ruth Lilly originally said to be worth over $100 million, the grant added to her already substantial prior contributions. The magazine learned in 2001 that it would be getting the grant, before announcing the gift, the magazine waited a year and reconfigured its governing board, which had been concerned with fund-raising. The foundation was created, and Joseph Parisi, who had been editor of the magazine for two decades, volunteered to head the new organization, Christian Wiman, a young critic and poet, succeeded to the editorship in 2003. Parisi resigned from the foundation after a few months, the new board used a recruiting agency to find John Barr, a former executive and published poet, to head the foundation. Robert Polito, the poet and critic who founded and directed the graduate writing program at the New School, replaced Barr in 2013. In December,2015, Henry S. Bienen, President Emeritus of Northwestern University was named President, part of the Lilly grant was used to build the Poetry Center in Near North Side, Chicago. The Center, designed by John Ronan, opened in 2011, the center holds a library open to the public, houses reading spaces, hosts school and tour groups, and provides office and editorial space for the Poetry Foundation and magazine. The Poetry Foundation hosts a schedule of events and these include poetry readings, staged plays, artist collaborations, and exhibitions. The Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute provides an independent forum to convene discussions about poetry, poets, scholars, educators and others are invited to share ideas about the intellectual and practical needs of the poetry form, and to generate solutions to benefit the art. The Poetry Out Loud recitation contest was created in 2006 by the Poetry Foundation and it engages high school students in public speaking and the literature and performance of poetry. The contest gives out a $20,000 award to the winner, $10,000 for second place
4. Etel Adnan – Etel Adnan is a Lebanese-American poet, essayist, and visual artist. In 2003, Adnan was named arguably the most celebrated and accomplished Arab American author writing today by the academic journal MELUS, Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States. Besides her literary output, Adnan continues to produce works in a vareity of media, such as oil paintings, films and tapestries. She lives in Paris and Sausalito, California, Etel Adnan was born in 1925 in Beirut, Lebanon. Adnans mother was a Christian Greek from Smyrna and her father was Muslim Syrian and she also studied English in her youth, and most of her later work has been first written in this language. At 24, Adnan traveled to Paris where she received a degree in philosophy from the Sorbonne and she then traveled to America where she continued graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley and at Harvard University. From 1952 to 1978, she taught philosophy of art at the Dominican University of California in San Rafael and she has also lectured at many universities throughout the United States. Adnan returned from America to Lebanon and worked as a journalist and cultural editor for Al-Safa, in addition, she also helped build the cultural section of the newspaper, occasionally contributing cartoons and illustrations. Her tenure at Al-Safa was most notable for her front-page editorials, in her later years, Adnan began to openly identify as lesbian. The focus of the compostions often being a red square, she remains interested in the beauty of colour. In 2012, a series of the brightly colored abstract paintings were exhibited as a part of documenta 13 in Kassel. Inspired by Japanese leporellos, Adnan also paints landscapes on to foldable screens that can be extended in space like free-standing drawings, in 2014 a collection of the artists paintings and tapestries were exhibited as a part of the Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Etel Adnans retrospective at Mathaf, Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, titled Etel Adnan In All Her Dimensions and curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and it included her early works, her literature, her carpets, and other. The show was launched in March 2014, accompanied by a 580-page catalog of her work published jointly by Mathaf, life is a Weaving, Galerie Lelong ISBN 978-2-868821-23-2. Premonition, Kelsey Street Press ISBN 978-0-932716-82-8, with Jirum Shahin and Firyal Jabburi Ghazul. Al-Qahirah, al-Hayah al-Ammah li-Qusur al-Thaqafah,2000. N mudun wa-nisa, rasail il Fawwaz, kitab al-bahr, kitab al-layal, kitab al-mawt, kitab al-nihayah, with Abid Azarih. Bayrut, al-Mu-assasah al-Arabiyah lil-Dirasat wa-al-Nashr,1979, france, Editions Tamyras,2011, translated by Martin Richet. Rachid Korachi, Ecriture passion, with Rachid Korachi and Jamel-Eddine Bencheikh, jbu, Suivi de lExpress Beyrouth enfer
5. Nathalie Handal – Nathalie Handal is an award-winning poet, writer, and playwright. Nathalie Handal is a French-American poet and playwright born in Haiti to a Palestinian family from Bethlehem. ”The cadence of Nathalie Handal’s voice resembles her nomadic life and she explains, “I don’t have a mother tongue. I grew up speaking many languages, and these different languages have slipped into my English. My English is cross-fertilized with French, Spanish, Arabic, Creole…I love the idea of a bridge of words, a bridge of poems connecting us. showing us what it means to be human. ”As a result, her books are written in English but laced with Arabic, French, Spanish, Italian, Creole, and even Russian and Sanskrit words. She currently has residences in both New York City and Paris, and is a professor at Columbia University, Handal is the author of five books of poetry, several plays and the editor of two anthologies. She has also involved as a writer, director, or producer in over twenty theatrical or film productions. She was the poet in the PBS NewsHour on April 20,2009. The critically acclaimed Poet in Andalucía consists of “poems of depth and weight, and the song of longing and resolve. ”The flash collection The Republics is lauded as “one of the most inventive books by one of today’s most diverse writers”. It was an Academy of American Poets bestseller, named one of the top 10 Feminist Books by The Guardian and she co-edited along with Tina Chang and Ravi Shankar the anthology Language for a New Century, Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia & Beyond. She was Picador Guest Professor at Leipzig University, Germany, and is teaching at Columbia University. Handal writes the literary travel column The City and The Writer and she has also written a piece based upon a book of the King James Bible as part of the Bush Theatres 2011 project Sixty-Six Books. In her collection Poet in Andalucía she goes back to Islamic Spain where Christians, Jews, gloria E. Anzaldúa and Analouise Keating
6. Ghada Karmi – Ghada Karmi is a Palestinian doctor of medicine, author and academic. She writes frequently on Palestinian issues in newspapers and magazines, including The Guardian, The Nation and she is a fellow and lecturer at the Institute of Arab & Islamic studies at Exeter University. Karmi was born in Jerusalem to a Muslim family and her father, Hassan was Palestinian while her mother was Syrian. In her 2002 autobiography, In Search of Fatima, A Palestinian Story, she describes growing up in the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Katamon, with its mixture of Palestinian Christians, among the family friends and neighbors was Khalil al-Sakakini and his family. Her family fled Jerusalem in 1948, and their family villa was seized by Israel, in 1983 the New York Times bought it and installed its correspondents on a second story structure built onto the Karmi villa. The Karmi family received no compensation for the confiscation, the family eventually settled in the predominantly Jewish neighbourhood of Golders Green, in London, England, where her father, Hasan Said Karmi, worked for the BBC Arabic service. She studied and became a doctor of medicine, graduating from the University of Bristol in 1964, initially Karmi practised as a physician, specialising in the health and social conditions of ethnic minorities, migrants and asylum seekers. Since 1972 she has been active for the Palestinian cause. In 1998 she visited her home in Katamon for the first time since 1948. She is a fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London. In an interview with Executive Intelligence Review, Karmi stated that, There is actually nothing — repeat, nothing — positive about the existence of Israel and you know, sometimes there are events, historical events, that happen against peoples will. But, in time, they can find some aspect to something they didnt want to happen in the first place. This is not the case with Israel, on the contrary, as time has gone on, the existence of Israel has only increased the problems for the Arab region. It has increased the danger in the Arab world and is a not only to the security of the region. She also stated that. Israel, from its inception in 1948, has given the most wonderful opportunity to behave itself. Its flouted every single law, its behaved outrageously, its made a travesty of international, on what basis should this state continue to be a member of the United Nations. She was then quoted as stating, If that were to happen we know well that that would be the end of a Jewish state in our region. We respect all religions but we do not allow one group to take over this wonderful city. ”Karmi also said that Israel does not deserve to continue as a state and that “We have no alternative but to act
7. E. Ethelbert Miller – Eugene Ethelbert Miller, best known as E. Ethelbert Miller, is an African-American poet and teacher. Miller was born in the Bronx, New York and he received his B. A. from Howard University. He is the author of nine books of poetry, two memoirs and is the editor of three poetry anthologies and his work has appeared in numerous publications, including Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Poet Lore, and Sojourners. Miller was the founder and director of the Ascension Poetry Reading Series, since 1974 he has been director of Howard Universitys African-American Resource Center. Miller has taught at schools, including American University, Emory & Henry College, George Mason University, Harpeth Hall School. He was also a faculty member of the writing seminars at Bennington College. He worked with Operation Homecoming for the National Endowment for the Humanities and he currently serves as board chairperson of the Institute for Policy Studies. He is also on the boards of Split This Rock and the Writers Center, in 1979, Marion Barry, the mayor of Washington, D. C. where Miller lives, proclaimed September 28,1979, as E. Ethelbert Miller Day. His papers are held at Emory & Henry College and The George Washington University,2004, Fulbright recipient May 21,2001, Mayor of Jackson, Tennessee declared day as E. Ethelbert Miller Day 1997, Stephen Henderson Poetry Award 1995, O. B. The Hooker Never Votes, Water Song,2 Shorts and a Smoke, on Saturdays, I Santana With You. How We Sleep On the Nights We Dont Make Love, first Light, New and Selected Poems. The Fire This Time,1992 and Beyond Los Angeles, Where Are the Love Poems for Dictators, season of Hunger/Cry of Rain, Poems 1975-1980. The Land of Smiles and the Land of No Smiles, A Poem, Beyond the Frontier, E. Ethelbert Miller, Terrance Cummings, ed. In Search of Color Everywhere, A Collection of African American Poetry, ahmos Zu-Bolton II, E. Ethelbert Miller, eds. Synergy, an Anthology of Washington D. C, cS1 maint, Uses editors parameter Arnold Rampersad, Hilary Herbold, eds. The Oxford Anthology of African-American Poetry, cS1 maint, Uses editors parameter The 5th Inning. Fathering Words, The Making of an African American Writer
8. Elizabeth Nunez – Elizabeth Nunez is a Trinidadian American novelist and distinguished professor of English at Hunter College–CUNY, New York City. As early as nine-years old Nunez began writing and won the first place prize for the Tiny Tots writing contest in the Trinidad Guardian, Nunez emigrated from Trinidad to the United States after completing high school at age 19 in 1963. Nunez arrived in the United States at age 19 to earn a BA in English from Marian College in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, and a MA and PhD in Literature from New York University. Nunez began teaching at Medgar Evers College in 1972, a year after the college was established, in addition to developing her writing and teaching career, Nunez has developed programming to support other writers of color. Nunez also hosts a program on WBAI99. 5FM. Nunez was also the Executive Producer of the 2004 NY Emmy-nominated CUNY TV series Black Writers in America, when Rocks Dance Beyond The Limbo Silence Bruised Hibiscus Discretion Grace Prosperos Daughter Anna In Between Boundaries Not for Everyday Use Even in Paradise Official website
9. Norman Mailer – Norman Kingsley Mailer was an American novelist, journalist, essayist, playwright, film-maker, actor, and political activist. His novel The Naked and the Dead was published in 1948 and his best-known work was widely considered to be The Executioners Song, which was published in 1979, and for which he won one of his two Pulitzer Prizes. In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, his book Armies of the Night was awarded the National Book Award, along with Truman Capote, Joan Didion, Hunter S. Mailer was also known for his essays, the most renowned of which was The White Negro. He was a commentator and critic, expressing his views through his novels, journalism, essays. In 1955, Mailer and three others founded The Village Voice, an arts- and politics-oriented weekly newspaper distributed in Greenwich Village, Mailer was born to a Jewish family in Long Branch, New Jersey. His father, Isaac Barnett Mailer, was an accountant born in South Africa, Mailers sister, Barbara, was born in 1927. Raised in Brooklyn, New York, Mailer graduated from Boys High School and entered Harvard University in 1939, as an undergraduate, he was a member of the Signet Society. At Harvard, he studied engineering, and became interested in writing. He published his first story at the age of 18, winning Story magazines college contest in 1941, after graduating in 1943, he was drafted into the U. S. Army. Hoping to gain a deferment from service, Mailer argued that he was writing an important literary work which pertained to the war and this deferral was denied, and Mailer was forced to enter the Army. After training at Fort Bragg, Mailer was stationed in the Philippines with the 112th Cavalry, during his time in the Philippines, Mailer worked as a cook and saw little combat. He participated in a patrol on the island of Leyte and this lesson inspired Mailer to write his first novel, The Naked and the Dead. Mailer wrote 12 novels over a 59-year span, in 1948, while continuing his studies at the University of Paris, Mailer published his first, The Naked and the Dead, based on his military service in World War II. A New York Times best seller for 62 weeks, it was hailed by many as one of the best American wartime novels and this book that made his reputation is rarely read today. The same newspaper described the book as, a hard read today, barbary Shore was mauled by the critics. It was a parable of Cold War leftist politics set in a Brooklyn rooming-house. His 1955 novel The Deer Park drew on his experiences working as a screenwriter in Hollywood in 1949–50 and it was initially rejected by seven publishers due to its purportedly sexual content before being published by Putnams. It was not a success, at one point Mailer took out an advertisement that defiantly quoted his many bad reviews
10. Julia Alvarez – Julia Alvarez is a Dominican-American poet, novelist, and essayist. She rose to prominence with the novels How the García Girls Lost Their Accents, In the Time of the Butterflies and her publications as a poet include Homecoming and The Woman I Kept to Myself, and as an essayist the autobiographical compilation Something to Declare. Many literary critics regard her to be one of the most significant Latina writers, born in New York, she spent the first ten years of her childhood in the Dominican Republic, until her father’s involvement in a political rebellion forced her family to flee the country. Many of Alvarez’s works are influenced by her experiences as a Dominican in the United States and her cultural upbringing as both a Dominican and an American is evident in the combination of personal and political tone in her writing. She is known for works that examine cultural expectations of both in the Dominican Republic and the United States, and for rigorous investigations of cultural stereotypes. In addition to her writing career, Alvarez is the current writer-in-residence at Middlebury College. Julia Alvarez was born in 1950 in New York City, when she was three months old, her family moved back to the Dominican Republic, where they lived for the next ten years. She grew up with her family in sufficient comfort to enjoy the services of maids. Critic Silvio Sirias believes that Dominicans value a talent for story-telling, in 1960, the family was forced to flee to the United States after her father participated in a failed plot to overthrow the island’s military dictator, Rafael Trujillo. She experienced alienation, homesickness, and prejudice in her new surroundings, in How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, a character asserts that trying to raise consciousness. Would be like trying for cathedral ceilings in a tunnel, as one of the few Latin American students in her Catholic school, Alvarez faced discrimination because of her heritage and was often called a Spic. by her classmates. This caused her to turn inward and led to her fascination with literature and she was encouraged by many of her teachers to pursue writing, and from a young age, was certain that this was what she wanted to do with her life. At the age of 13, her parents sent her to Abbot Academy and these intermittent exchanges between countries informed her cultural understanding, the basis of many of her works. She then received a degree from Syracuse University. After acquiring a degree in 1975, Alvarez took a position as a writer-in-residence for the Kentucky Arts Commission. She traveled throughout the state visiting schools, high schools, colleges and communities, conducting writing workshops. She attributes these years with providing her an understanding of America. After her work in Kentucky, she extended her educational endeavors to California, Delaware, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Washington, D. C. and Illinois