This year, Norman Mailer Center and Writers Colony and The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) will award the Norman Mailer Writing Award in the categories of: High School Teacher Non-Fiction Writing, High School Non-Fiction Writing, 2-Year Non-Fiction Writing, College Non-Fiction Writing and College Poetry Writing. The Awards are presented at the Center's Fifth Annual Benefit Gala in New York City on Thursday, October 17, 2013. The College Non-Fiction winner will receive a Mailer Fellowship to the Colony and a check for $5,000.00. The High School Teacher winner will receive a check for $5,000. The High School and 2-Year College Non-Fiction winners will receive checks for $2,500 each. The College Poetry winner receives a check for $2,500 and is sponsored by Van Cleef & Arpels.
Norman Mailer Award for High School Teacher Non-Fiction Writing Award Award
Norman Mailer Award for High School Teacher Non-Fiction Writing Award Winner
Teresa Healy Janssen has taught English, French and Social Studies to every age group from pre-school to university. For the past six years she has taught high school students in Port Townsend, WA. A linguist, she is intrigued by the interplay of language and culture and passionate about passing on her love of language to her students. She envisions education as a vehicle for understanding, empowerment, and potentially, transformation. Excerpts of her fiction have been finalists for the Northwest Writers Contest and the Willamette Writers Kay Snow Award. Last year she was a semi-finalist in the Norman Mailer High School Teacher Fiction Contest. This non-fiction entry comprises the first chapters of a book she is writing about the fourteen months she and her family spent in Ecuador. She enjoys hiking, travel and spending time with her husband, Claus, and her four nearly-grown children.
Pam Uruburu Northport High School Massapequa, NY
Richard Holinger Marmion Academy Aurora, IL
David Booth Gateway High School San Francisco, CA
Hollie Greene Avery Middle School Crossnore, NC
Norman Mailer Award for High School Teacher Non-Fiction Writing Award Award Judges
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David Margolick is the author of five books, including Strange Fruit: The Biography of a Song(Harper Perennial, 2001), Beyond Glory: Joe Louis vs. Max Schmelingand a World on the Brink(Vintage, 2006), and Elizabeth and Hazel: Two Women of Little Rock (Yale University Press, 2011). He is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and a Loomis School alum.
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Norman Mailer Award for College Non-Fiction Writing Award
Norman Mailer Award for College Non-Fiction Writing Winner
I was born in Denver, CO and have lived here my entire life, first attending Denver School of the Arts for grades 7-12 (majoring in Creative Writing), and then studying at University of Colorado at Boulder for the past two years, where I have been majoring in Japanese Language. Also since seventh grade, I have been training in Japanese Classical Karate-do, and have since attained my second degree black belt. I am spending this year, as a junior, studying both language and martial arts in Tokyo, Japan. I also hope to develop further as a writer through my experiences abroad.
Molly Hensley-Clancy Yale University New Haven, CT
Zoe Greenberg Philadelphia, PA
Amelia Urry Yale University New Haven, CT
Andrew Boryga Cornell University Ithaca, NY
Norman Mailer Award for College Non-Fiction Writing Award Judges
Norman Mailer Award for College Poetry Writing Award
Norman Mailer Award for College Poetry Writing Winner
Amelia Urry was born on the Chesapeake, and grew up along the Connecticut coastline. She graduated from Yale University this spring, where she majored in English and wrote her thesis project as a collection of poetry. She is currently working with math professor Michael Frame to co-author a book on fractal geometry, which will be published with Yale University Press in 2014. Amelia is, for the moment, living and reading and writing in Seattle.
Rashanda Williams Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
Lexi Cary University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
Katharine Diehl St. Francis College Brooklyn, NY
Annelyse Gelman Reed College Portland, OR
Norman Mailer Award for College Poetry Writing Award Judges
Norman Mailer Award for 2-Year College Non-Fiction Writing Award
Norman Mailer Award for 2-Year College Non-Fiction Writing Winner
Jonathan Holland is a former jock, ex-drug dealer, convicted felon, college dropout, recovering addict, college graduate, writer, tutor, and volunteer. He writes in multiple genres and now attends Indiana University, working toward a Bachelor’s Degree in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. Last school year, Jonathan was awarded the Jeanine C. Rae Humanitarian Award for Ivy Tech Bloomington, Indiana, and he continues to work with his community by providing at-risk youth the opportunity for creative expression and tutoring. Jonathan hopes that one day his writing can help others like it has helped him.
Brian Huff Front Range Community College Thornton, CO
Leslie Caton Kirkwood Community College Cedar Rapids, IA
Sierra Red-Fox Little Big Horn College Crow Agency, MT
Sarah Mildren Greenfield Community College Athol, MA
Norman Mailer Award for 2-Year College Non-Fiction Writing Award Judges
Norman Mailer Award for High School Non-Fiction Writing Award
Norman Mailer Award for High School Non-Fiction Writing Winner
Oscar Medrano was born into poverty in Washington, D.C. in 1996. For years, his most prized possession was a book he kept double-wrapped in plastic bags under his mattress. He and his two younger brothers were placed in foster care just before his fifteenth birthday. While in foster care, they befriended two of their middle school teachers, who soon became their legal guardians. And they all lived happily ever after with their PTSD.
Kathryn Petroff Avon Lake High School Avon Lake, OH
Kailee Pedersen Lincoln East High School Lincoln, NE
Evan DeLorenzo Hinsdale Central High School Hinsdale, IL
Carolina Norris-Clay Alta Vista High School Santa Barbara, CA
Norman Mailer Award for High School Non-Fiction Writing Award Judges