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The Norman Mailer Center & The Norman Mailer Writer's Colony

2009 Norman Mailer Center and the NCTE Awards


The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the Norman Mailer Center and Writers Colony each year award the Norman Mailer High School Nonfiction Writing Award, Two-Year College and Four-Year College Awards at the Center's Annual Benefit Gala in New York City during the fall. The Four-Year College winner received a Mailer Fellowship to the Colony and a check for $10,000.00.  The High School winner received a check for $5,000.00.

4 Year College Award Award

Winner
John Gilmore Final Cascade
John Gilmore

John Gilmore

4 Year College Award Winner
John Gilmore won the inaugural Four-Year College Award while an undergraduate at Utah State University. After winning he was contacted by a top publishing agency for representation. He has since completed a Master's in Literature and Writing with a fictional thesis titled The Door-to-Door Mormon Pest Control Salesman and contributed to the book review collaborative Tottenville Review. Now 26, he works for Pearson in Math and Science Higher Education publishing, and continues to collaborate in writing with the accomplished writers he first met through the Norman Mailer Center. He is at work on a novel about Salt Lake City, where he and his wife currently live with their twin son and daughter, born Feb 1, 2012.
Finalists
Laura Gottesdiener, Jerry Guo, Sarah May and Kelly Skahan

4 Year College Award Award Judges

Barbara Lounsberry

Barbara Lounsberry

Barbara Lounsberry has worked closely with literary journalism pioneer Gay Talese, and edited with him Writing Creative Nonfiction: The Literature of Reality.  Her own books include The Art of Fact: Contemporary Artists of Nonfiction, The Writer in You, and The Tales We Tell: Perspectives on the Short Story (co-edited with Susan Lohafer). 

She served as Nonfiction Editor of The North American Review, the oldest literary magazine in the United States, from 2000 to 2003 and was a contributing editor to Keep it Real: Everything You Need to Know About Researching and Writing Creative Nonfiction (2009).  She is currently finishing a book on diaries: on Virginia Woolf’s luminous diary and the many diaries Woolf read.  Lounsberry has written on Norman Mailer and is a member of the Mailer Society Board of Directors.

Barbara Lounsberry
Lee Gutkind

Lee Gutkind

Lee Gutkind is founder and editor of Creative Nonfiction, the first and largest literary magazine to publish nonfiction exclusively, and Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the Consortium for Science Policy and Outcomes at Arizona State University.  He is the author or editor of more than 20 books, including his highly praised “Almost Human: Making Robots Think” and the award-winning “Many Sleepless Nights.  Gutkind has lectured to audiences around the world—from China to Australia to Africa and most recently, Egypt, where his creative nonfiction topics concerned, “Writing the Revolution.”  A recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Science Foundation, Gutkind is credited by Harper’s and Vanity Fair as a leading figure in the creative nonfiction literary movement.
Lee Gutkind
Melissa Fay Greene

Melissa Fay Greene

Melissa Fay Greene is the author of five books of nonfiction: Praying for Sheetrock (1991), The Temple Bombing (1996), Last Man Out (2003), There Is No Me Without You: One Woman’s Odyssey to Rescue her Country’s Children (2006), and No Biking in the House Without A Helmet (2011).

Her honors include two National Book Award nominations, a National Book Critics Circle Award nomination, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize, the Southern Book Critics Circle Award, the ACLU National Civil Liberties Award, the Hadassah Myrtle Wreath Award, the Salon Book Award, Elle Magazine’s Readers’ Prize, and the Georgia Author Award.

Melissa has contributed to The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Good Housekeeping, Readers Digest, Life, MS, Newsweek, The Wilson Quarterly, Parade, Redbook, Parenting, HuffingtonPost, Salon, TheDailyBeast, and CNN.com and her books have been translated into 15 languages. 

Melissa Fay Greene

High School Award

Winner
Emily Swanagin Luna Alabama School of Fine Arts Birmingham, Alabama
Emily Swanagin

Emily Swanagin

High School Winner

Emily Swanagin is a high school senior from Birmingham, Alabama. She is currently enrolled at the Alabama School of Fine Arts in the Creative Writing department; she is the Vice‐President of her class and plays the piano in her free time. She hopes to study anthropology and creative writing in college. Her parents are Ruth and Steve Swanagin, who also reside in Birmingham.

Finalists
Eric Brewster, Kiley Harrison, Abby Melton and Emily Smith

High School Award Judges

Anne Fadiman
National Book Critics Circle Award Nonfiction

Anne Fadiman

National Book Critics Circle Award Nonfiction

Anne Fadiman is the Francis Writer in Residence at Yale and the former editor-in-chief of The American Scholar.

Her first book, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, explored the cultural conflicts between a Hmong refugee family and their American doctors. It won the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction and was described by the Washington Post as “an intriguing, spirit-lifting, extraordinary exploration.” Fadiman’s first essay collection, Ex Libris, is a book about books–from purchasing them, to reading them, to handling them (dog-earing the pages is permitted). Robert McCrum called it “witty, enchanting, and supremely well-written.” Fadiman’s most recent book is At Large and At Small, a collection of essays on topics ranging from Charles Lamb to ice cream (both objects of her passionate affection). The Christian Science Monitor called it “as close to a perfect book as you will ever hope to read.”

Anne Fadiman National Book Critics Circle Award Nonfiction
Ted Conover
National Book Critics Circle Award Nonfiction

Ted Conover

National Book Critics Circle Award Nonfiction
Ted Conover's Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction. His other books include Rolling Nowhere, Coyotes, Whiteout, and most recently, The Routes of Man, about roads. Among the publications he contributes to are The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, National Geographic, and Virginia Quarterly Review. Conover is a distinguished writer in residence at the Arthur L Carter Journalism Institute of New York University.
Ted Conover National Book Critics Circle Award Nonfiction
Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
Adrian Nicole LeBlanc MacArthur Fellow