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

2014 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 College Non-Fiction winner will receive 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. 

 

Norman Mailer Award for Middle and High School Teacher Nonfiction Writing Award Award

Winner
Andrew W. Jones The Inca Champions League Hinsdale Central High School Hinsdale, IL
Andrew W. Jones

Andrew W. Jones

Norman Mailer Award for Middle and High School Teacher Nonfiction Writing Award Winner

Andrew W. Jones is from Downers Grove, Illinois. He graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2001 and then received his M. Ed. in secondary education English from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. He has been teaching English for 13 years at various schools both in the United States—in La Quinta, CA and Hinsdale, IL—and internationally—in Sofia, Bulgaria and Quito, Ecuador. He’s won Teacher of the Year awards in 2003-2004 and in 2010-2011. In December of 2012, he published his first book, a memoir based on his time spent in Bulgaria, entitled Two Seasons in the Bubble: Living and Coaching Basketball in Bulgaria. He is currently teaching 9th grade English, World Literature and coaching girls basketball at Robert College in Istanbul, Turkey where he lives with his wife Erin, a biology teacher, and their 1-year old daughter Eliza.

Finalists

Beth Konkoski
Broad Run High School
Ashburn, VA

Tammy Vick
Central High School
Evansville, IN

Patricia Smith
Appomattox Regional Governor's School for the Arts and Technology
Petersburg, VA

Janet Parker
Freedom Intermediate School
Franklin, TN

Norman Mailer Award for Middle and High School Teacher Nonfiction Writing Award Award Judges

Gregory Curtis
Author, Mailer Colony Fellowship Mentor

Gregory Curtis

Author, Mailer 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, Mailer Colony Fellowship Mentor
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
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

Norman Mailer Award for College Nonfiction Writing Award Award

Winner
Sarah Esther Maslin The Pawn King Yale University New Haven, CT
Sarah Esther Maslin

Sarah Esther Maslin

Norman Mailer Award for College Nonfiction Writing Award Winner

Sarah Esther Maslin grew up in Berkeley and Madison. She graduated from Yale University this spring, where she majored in history and edited the Yale Daily News Magazine. She has written about bluegrass in Alaska, technology on the Appalachian Trail, and, for Anne Fadiman's writing seminar, her winning entry on a New Haven pawnshop. She reported for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel this summer and is headed on a year-long Yale fellowship to Latin America. She plans to work as a freelance journalist and write about massacre tourism and battles over history in a village in El Salvador.

Finalists

Farah Kader
University of California
Berkeley, CA

Rachel Lipstein
Yale University
New Haven, CT

Clare Boerigter
Grinnell College
Grinnell, IA

Victoria Turner
Amherst College
Amherst, MA

Norman Mailer Award for College Nonfiction Writing Award Award Judges

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
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

Norman Mailer Award for 2-Year College Nonfiction Writing Award Award

Winner
Connor Rystedt The Flag Room Anoka Ramsey Community College Coon Rapids, MN
Connor Rystedt

Connor Rystedt

Norman Mailer Award for 2-Year College Nonfiction Writing Award Winner

Connor Rystedt was born and raised in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. His father, Brandon, is a postal worker and his mother, Julie, is a nurse. Growing up, he played baseball for his dad’s little league teams and acted in several plays. His fifth grade teacher allowed him to read during class because it kept him from running his mouth. It wasn’t until he was dismissed from the University of Minnesota Duluth, due to a low GPA on account of his not attending class, that he realized his true passion for reading and writing. He has since enrolled in a two-year creative writing program at Anoka Ramsey Community College in his hometown of Coon Rapids. He still lives at home with his parents and his brother Cole, who recently graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. They have a Mini-Labradoodle named Sophie that likes to eat Chicken. With their continued support, he hopes to go to Hamline University in the Fall of 2015.

Finalists

Catherine Mahony
Reading Area Community College
Reading, PA

Ellen Ricks
SUNY Adirondack
Queensburg, NY

Alexis Garcia
Mount San Antonio College
Walnut, CA

Marianne Motus
Napa Valley College
Napa, CA

Norman Mailer Award for 2-Year College Nonfiction Writing Award 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
Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
Journalist

Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

Journalist

Adrian Nicole LeBlanc is a nonfiction writer who writes like a novelist in the very best tradition of literary journalism. A prolific author of magazine and newspaper articles, many on the effects of poverty on adolescents, LeBlanc redefined immersion reporting in her first book, Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble and Coming of Age in the Bronx. The result of a decade spent closely involved in the lives of her subjects, this ten-year odyssey stretches the very fabric of long-form nonfiction and demonstrates LeBlanc’s mastery as an observer of the human character. Her haunting study enables readers to inhabit the daily chaos and brutal violence of a community in an impoverished Bronx neighborhood, revealing its inner workings and creating an intimate chronicle of urban poverty. It is an original, surprising, and unsettling work of nonfiction that helps readers see and value the humanity in even the poorest lives and to find meaning, as do LeBlanc’s subjects, in the most ordinary moments.

Her current project, an investigation of the world of stand-up comedians, also explores lives at the margin and delves into the distinctive realities of the comic underworld and the characters that inhabit it. With an eye for detail and a passion for depth, LeBlanc is forging a new form of literary reportage and illuminating worlds little known and less understood.

Prior to devoting herself to the project that became Random Family, LeBlanc was the fiction editor ofSeventeen magazine. She has been a member of the adjunct faculty of Columbia University’s School of Journalism and is currently a visiting scholar at New York University’s School of Journalism. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including the The New York Times MagazineThe New YorkerEsquire, and the Village Voice, among others.

Adrian Nicole LeBlanc Journalist

Norman Mailer Award for College Poetry Writing Award Award

Winner
Angela Qian Collected Poetry University of Chicago Chicago, IL
Angela Qian

Angela Qian

Norman Mailer Award for College Poetry Writing Award Winner

Angela Qian was born in California and now studies English Literature and Political Science at the University of Chicago. As a student, she is interested in interdisciplinary studies between the humanities and the social sciences, and explores themes of identity-making and the process of memory in her creative writing. Her writing has appeared in Typoeticus, Sliced Bread, Memoryhouse, The Midway Review, and The Millions. 

Finalists

Naomi Amado
New York University
New York, NY

Alex-Quan Pham
Marymount Manhattan College
New York, NY

Vincent Petruccelli
Benedictine College
Atchison, KS

Jesse Chen
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD

Norman Mailer Award for College Poetry Writing Award Award Judges

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
Quincy Troupe
Poet

Quincy Troupe

Poet

Quincy Troupe, born in St. Louis, Missouri,is the author of 18 books and ten volumes of poetry. His newest book of poems, Errançities (Coffee House Press 2012) will be published in February 2012. His book of poems, The Architecture of Language (Coffee House Press, 2006), earned Troupe the 2007 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. He also received the 2003 Milt Kessler Poetry Award for Transcircularities: New and Selected Poems (Coffee House Press, 2002), selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the ten best books of poetry published in 2002.

 

 

Quincy Troupe is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, San Diego, and was the first official Poet Laureate of the State of California. He has been awarded three American Book Awards: for Snake-Back Solos, poems, 1980; for Miles: The AutobiographyMiles Davis with Quincy Troupe, 1990; and a 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award for Sustained Literary Excellence. He is also the author of a memoir, Miles and Me (The University of California Press, 2000); the co-author of The Pursuit of Happyness, with Chris Gardner (Harper Collins, 2006); and the editor of James Baldwin: The Legacy (Simon & Shuster, 1989). Troupe received a 1991 Peabody Award for co-producing and writing the Miles Davis Radio Project that aired on NPR. A movie on Miles Davis based on his memoir Miles and Me, for which Troupe has written a  screenplay, is scheduled for release in fall 2012. In winter 2013, Disney Hyperion will publish Troupe’s third book for children, Hallelujah: The Story of Ray Charles, illustrated by Brian Pinkney.  Currently, Troupe is the editor of Black Renaissance Noire, published at The Institute of African-American Affairs at New York University. He lives in Harlem with his wife, Margaret Porter.

Quincy Troupe Poet

Norman Mailer Award for High School Nonfiction Writing Award Award

Winner
Henry Colt Three Personal Essays Northfield Mt. Herman School Gill, MA
Henry Colt

Henry Colt

Norman Mailer Award for High School Nonfiction Writing Award Winner

Henry Colt is a freshmen at Pomona College. He wrote these pieces in his senior year of high school. He loves running, backpacking, playing the guitar, and being mindful. 

Finalists

Lucy Jones
Alabama School of Fine Arts
Birmingham, AL

Jayne Mai
Lake Forest High School
Lake Forest, IL

Becca Lambright
Hathaway Brown School
Shaker Heights, OH

Claire Seymour
The Packer Collegiate Institute
Brooklyn, NY

Norman Mailer Award for High School Nonfiction Writing Award Award Judges

Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
Journalist

Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

Journalist

Adrian Nicole LeBlanc is a nonfiction writer who writes like a novelist in the very best tradition of literary journalism. A prolific author of magazine and newspaper articles, many on the effects of poverty on adolescents, LeBlanc redefined immersion reporting in her first book, Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble and Coming of Age in the Bronx. The result of a decade spent closely involved in the lives of her subjects, this ten-year odyssey stretches the very fabric of long-form nonfiction and demonstrates LeBlanc’s mastery as an observer of the human character. Her haunting study enables readers to inhabit the daily chaos and brutal violence of a community in an impoverished Bronx neighborhood, revealing its inner workings and creating an intimate chronicle of urban poverty. It is an original, surprising, and unsettling work of nonfiction that helps readers see and value the humanity in even the poorest lives and to find meaning, as do LeBlanc’s subjects, in the most ordinary moments.

Her current project, an investigation of the world of stand-up comedians, also explores lives at the margin and delves into the distinctive realities of the comic underworld and the characters that inhabit it. With an eye for detail and a passion for depth, LeBlanc is forging a new form of literary reportage and illuminating worlds little known and less understood.

Prior to devoting herself to the project that became Random Family, LeBlanc was the fiction editor ofSeventeen magazine. She has been a member of the adjunct faculty of Columbia University’s School of Journalism and is currently a visiting scholar at New York University’s School of Journalism. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including the The New York Times MagazineThe New YorkerEsquire, and the Village Voice, among others.

Adrian Nicole LeBlanc Journalist
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
Suketu Mehta
Author and Mailer Center Asian Advisory Council Member

Suketu Mehta

Author and Mailer Center Asian Advisory Council Member

Suketu Mehta is the New York-based author of ‘Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found,’ which won the Kiriyama Prize and the Hutch Crossword Award, and was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize, the Lettre Ulysses Prize, the BBC4 Samuel Johnson Prize, and the Guardian First Book Award. He has won the Whiting Writers’ Award, the O. Henry Prize, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for his fiction. Mehta’s work has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Granta, Harper’s Magazine, Time, and Newsweek, and has been featured on NPR’s ‘Fresh Air’ and ‘All Things Considered.’

Mehta is an Associate Professor of Journalism at New York University. He is currently working on a nonfiction book about immigrants in contemporary New York, for which he was awarded a 2007 Guggenheim fellowship. He has also written original screenplays for films, including ‘New York, I Love You.’ Mehta was born in Calcutta and raised in Bombay and New York. He is a graduate of New York University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Suketu Mehta Author and Mailer Center Asian Advisory Council Member