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

2013 Norman Mailer and the NCTE Awards


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

Winner
Teresa Janssen In Search of Pink Flamingos: A Journey to the Middle of the Earth Port Townsend High School Port Townsend, WA
Teresa Janssen

Teresa Janssen

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.

Finalists

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

J. Michael Lennon
Norman Mailer Authorized Biographer

J. Michael Lennon

Norman Mailer Authorized Biographer
J. Michael Lennon has edited several books including James Jones Reader and Norman Mailer's The Spooky Art:Thoughts on Writing.  He has produced two PBS documentaries (James Jones and Abraham Lincoln) and edited a monthly magazine, Illinois Issues.  His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Paris Review, New York, Playboy and many literary and academic journals and in 2007 he co-authored with Mailer On God: An Uncommon Conversation. Lennon has taught writing at the University of Illinois- Springfield, where he co-founded the M.A. in Public Affairs Reporting, and Wilkes University, where he co-founded the M.F.A. in Creative Writing.  The former President of The Norman Mailer Society, Lennon is currently writing the authorized biography of Norman Mailer for Simon & Schuster.
J. Michael Lennon Norman Mailer Authorized Biographer
David Margolick
Contributor, Vanity Fair

David Margolick

Contributor, Vanity Fair

 
 
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 Schmeling and 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.
David Margolick Contributor, Vanity Fair
Gregory Curtis
Author, Mailers Colony Fellowship Mentor

Gregory Curtis

Author, Mailers Colony Fellowship Mentor

Greg Curtis is the author of Disarmed: The Story of the Venus de Milo and The Cave Painters, Probing the Mysteries of the World's First Artists. He was the editor of Texas Monthly from 1981 until 2000 and during his editorship the magazine won many prizes, including five National Magazine Awards. In 2000, he was selected by the Columbia Journalism Review as one of the ten best magazine editors in the country. He is currently the Humanities Coordinator of the Harry Ransom Center.

His writing has appeared in The New York TimesThe New York Times MagazineFortuneTime and Rolling Stone, among other publications. As a graduate of Rice University and San Francisco State College, he lives in Austin, Texas.

Gregory Curtis Author, Mailers Colony Fellowship Mentor
Tom Piazza
Author

Tom Piazza

Author
om Piazza is the author of ten books, including the novel City Of Refuge, which won the Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction, and the post-Katrina classic Why New Orleans Matters. His most recent book is Devil Sent The Rain, a collection of his essays and journalism. Other books include the Faulkner Society Award-winning novel My Cold War, and the short-story collection Blues and Trouble, which won the James Michener Award for Fiction. He is currently a writer for the HBO drama series Treme.
Tom Piazza Author

Norman Mailer Award for College Non-Fiction Writing Award

Winner
Brendan Craine A Cicada Shell/ It Sang Itself/ Utterly Away University of Colorado at Boulder Denver, CO
Brendan Craine

Brendan Craine

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. 

Finalists

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

Barbara Lounsberry
Distinguished Scholar and Author

Barbara Lounsberry

Distinguished Scholar and Author

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 Distinguished Scholar and Author
Lee Gutkind
Author and Editor

Lee Gutkind

Author and Editor
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 Author and Editor
Jay Parini
National Bestselling Author

Jay Parini

National Bestselling Author
JAY PARINI is a poet, novelist, critic and biographer. He is Axinn Professor of English and Creative Writing at Middlebury College. He has published over twenty books, including Robert Frost: A LifePromised Land: Thirteen Books that Changed America, and The Last Station, a novel about Tolstoy's last year that was made into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer. His recent novels include The Apprentice Lover and The Passages of H.M. His latest volume of poems is The Art of Subtraction: New and Selected Poems.
Jay Parini National Bestselling Author

Norman Mailer Award for College Poetry Writing Award

Winner
Amelia Urry Collected Poetry Yale University New Haven, CT
Amelia Urry

Amelia Urry

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.

 

Finalists

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

Meena Alexander
Poet, Mailer Writers Colony Fellowship Mentor

Meena Alexander

Poet, Mailer Writers Colony Fellowship Mentor

Meena Alexander is an internationally acclaimed poet, scholar and writer. Born in Allahabad, India, and raised in India and Sundan, Alexander lives and works in New York City, where she is Distinguished Professor of English at Hunter College int he MFA program in Creative Writing and at the CUNY Graduate Center in the PhD program in English.  She is the author of numerous collections of poetry, literary memoirs, essays and works of fiction and literary criticiam. 

Among her best known works are the volumes of poetry Illiterate Heart and Raw Silk. In addition she has published two novels, Nampally Road and Manhattan Music. Illiterate Heart won the 2002 PEN Open Book Award.

Meena Alexander Poet, Mailer Writers Colony Fellowship Mentor
Ronaldo Wilson
Poet

Ronaldo Wilson

Poet
Ronaldo V. Wilson is the author of Narrative of the Life of the Brown Boy and the White Man (University of Pittsburgh, 2008), winner of the 2007 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and Poems of the Black Object (Futurepoem Books, 2009), winner of the Thom Gunn Award and the Asian American Literary Award in Poetry in 2010. Co-founder of the Black Took Collective, Wilson is also a Visiting Assistant Professor of Poetry, Fiction and Literature in the Literature Department of the University of California, Santa Cruz. His latest book, Farther Traveler: Poetry, Prose, Other, is forthcoming from Counterpath Press in 2012.
Ronaldo Wilson Poet

Norman Mailer Award for 2-Year College Non-Fiction Writing Award

Winner
Jonathan Holland Recovery Ivy Tech Community College, Bloomington Bloomington, IN
Jonathan Holland

Jonathan Holland

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.

Finalists

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

Anne Fadiman
National Book Critics Circle Award

Anne Fadiman

National Book Critics Circle Award

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
Ted Conover
National Book Critics Circle Award

Ted Conover

National Book Critics Circle Award
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

Norman Mailer Award for High School Non-Fiction Writing Award

Winner
Oscar Medrano I Accept Cesar Chavez Public Charter School Washington, DC
Oscar Medrano

Oscar Medrano

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.

Finalists

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

Anne Fadiman
National Book Critics Circle Award

Anne Fadiman

National Book Critics Circle Award

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
Ted Conover
National Book Critics Circle Award

Ted Conover

National Book Critics Circle Award
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