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

2010 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 and Two-Year College winners each received $5,000.00.

Four-Year College Award

Winner
Minh Phuong Nguyen Suffering Self University of Missouri Columbia, Missouri
Finalists
Claire Cella, Xian Gu, Tom Gunnels, Anthony Lydgate

Four-Year College 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
Founder and Editor of Creative Nonfiction

Lee Gutkind

Founder and Editor of Creative Nonfiction
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 Founder and Editor of Creative Nonfiction
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

Two-Year College Award

Winner
Gwyne Bahler Hair Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette, Indiana
Gwyne Bahler

Gwyne Bahler

Two-Year College Winner
Gwyne is currently majoring in psychology at Purdue University and working at a placement for children with developmental disabilities.  She spends her free time painting, going for runs and writing.  She is currently writing a young adult novel and writing and illustrating a graphic novel.
Finalists
Keith Dauch, Jerome Lewis, Meghan Makanani, Rachel Nicolosi

Two-Year College 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

High School Award

Winner
Dawna Bagherian High Above the Ground and Two Finches Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy Aurora, Illinois
Dawna Bagherian

Dawna Bagherian

High School Winner
Dawna is currently majoring in mathematics at MIT. Outside of classes, she spends her time studying autism related disorders in a neuroscience lab and attending creative writing seminars. Her favorite authors include Ray Bradbury, Kurt Vonnegut and Vladimir Nabokov. Prior to graduation, she hopes to become fluent in French, adopt a dog and make a significant contribution to the study of a neurodevelopmental disorder.
Finalists
Gabrielle Hoyt-Disick, Euna Noh, Emily Pittinos, Allison Swagler

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