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

2011 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.

Dalia Wolfson, Christopher Woodard, President William J. Clinton, and Elisa Gonzalez

High School Teacher Award

Winner
Marjorie Gilchrist-Young The Tender Branch Swain County High School Bryson City, North Carolina
Marjorie Gilchrist-Young

Marjorie Gilchrist-Young

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

Colum McCann

Colum McCann

Colum McCann is the author of five novels and two collections of stories.  His most recent novel "Let the Great World Spin" won the National Book Award in 2009.  He was nominated for an Oscar in 2005 for the short film "Everything in this Country Must," directed by Gary McKendry.  Colum's work is published in over 30 languages.
Colum McCann
Sigrid Nunez

Sigrid Nunez

Sigrid Nunez has published six novels, including A Feather on the Breath of God, The Last of Her Kind, and, most recently, Salvation City. She is also the author of Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag. Among the many journals to which she has contributed are The New York Times, Harper’s, McSweeney’s, The Believer, Tin House, Conjunctions, and Threepenny Review. Her honors and awards include three Pushcart Prizes, a Whiting Writer’s Award, a Berlin Prize Fellowship, and two awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters: the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award and the Rome Prize in Literature.
Sigrid Nunez
William Kennedy

William Kennedy

William Joseph Kennedy (born January 16, 1928) is an American writer and journalist born and raised in Albany, New York. Many of his novels feature the interaction of members of the fictional Irish-American Phelan family, and make use of incidents of Albany's history and the supernatural. Kennedy's works include The Ink Truck (1969), Legs (1975), Billy Phelan's Greatest Game (1978), Ironweed (1983, winner of 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction; film, 1987), and Roscoe (2002).

He is a graduate of Siena College in Loudonville, New York and currently resides at Averill Park, a hamlet about 16 miles east of Albany. After serving in the Army, Kennedy lived in Puerto Rico where he met his mentor, Saul Bellow, who encouraged him to write novels. While living in San Juan, he befriended journalist/author Hunter S. Thompson, a friendship that continued throughout their careers. Kennedy, who had previously been anxious to leave Albany, returned to his hometown and worked for the Albany Times Union as an investigative journalist writing stories exposing activities of the O'Connell political machine. His use of Albany as the setting for seven of his novels has drawn comparison to James Joyce's use of Dublin.

William Kennedy

Four-Year College Award

Winner
Elisa Gonzalez Digital Leftovers, All the Words I Knew, Family History Yale University New Haven, CT
Elisa Gonzalez

Elisa Gonzalez

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.
Finalists
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

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 Life, Promised 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
Christopher Woodard Let All Those End Soon With Few Tears Berkeley City College Berkeley, CA
Christopher Woodard

Christopher Woodard

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.  
Finalists

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

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
Dalia Wolfson Parquet Dictionary Hunter College High School New York, NY
Dalia Wolfson

Dalia Wolfson

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.
Finalists

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)

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