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.
Dalia Wolfson, Christopher Woodard, President William J. Clinton, and Elisa Gonzalez
High School Teacher Award
High School Teacher Winner
Dawn Gilchrist-Young grew up in Swain County in the Southern Appalachian mountains of Western North Carolina, married at eighteen to Eric Young, went to Western Carolina University for her BA, Columbia University for her MA, and earned her MFA in Poetry at Warren Wilson College under the tutelage of poets Joan Aleshire, Brooks Haxton, and Tony Hoagland. She has received grants and fellowships in English studies and has taught English at Swain County High School for fourteen years. Dawn is still married to Eric Young, and their daughter, Aaron, is a sophomore at Warren Wilson College.
High School Teacher Award Judges
Four-Year College Award
Four-Year College Winner
Elisa grew up in Ohio as the oldest of eight children. After being home-schooled for most of her life, she went to Yale, where she learned more about writing than she thought possible. Now she works at Bridgewater Associates, continues to write and to learn about writing. She is fascinated by polar regions, words, and financial markets, among many things.
Jacque Feldman(Yale, New Haven CT) Andrew David King(University of California at Berkeley, CA) Sophia Veltfort(Yale University, New Haven CT) Chenji Zhang(Brown University, Providence RI)
Four-Year College Award Judges
Two Year College Award
Two Year College Winner
Christopher Woodard was born in Chicago, Illinois, a fact he proudly relates despite not having set foot in the state since he was five. After moving back home to Berkeley, California to participate in a doomed independent film-making venture, he realized he had wasted the majority of his twenties doing nothing. This led him to enroll in Berkeley City College full-time to begin applying the lessons of a lost decade. He is currently studying Creative Writing at San Francisco State University.
Michael Gonzales (Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ) Michael Durkee (SUNY Adirondack, Queensbury, NY) Mason Gates (Central Arizona College, Coolidge, AZ) Rebecca Wingate (Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ)
Two Year College Award Judges
High School Award
High School Winner
Dalia Wolfson is a senior at Hunter College High School in New York City. A long-time resident of the Bronx, Dalia takes her inspiration from the work of Mark Helprin and E.L. Doctorow. Born in Israel to Soviet émigrés, she speaks Russian, Hebrew, and English and learns Spanish in school. Dalia currently freelances for the Theater Development Fund’s youth publication and is preparing her college applications. In her spare time, she enjoys walking through Central Park, whiling away the hours in used & rare bookstores and writing marginalia in short story collections.
Gadi Cohen (Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA) Danyang Fang (Naperville North High School, Naperville, IL) Mishka Hoosen (Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, MI) Stephanie Lenchard Warren (Hinsdale Central High School, Hinsdale, IL)