Each year, we look over all the work we've printed and single out for special attention work that we think is particularly fine. This task is, in many ways, like trying to pick your favorite child: we really love all the pieces that we publish. But going back through the year's stories, poems, and essays is not so bad a project, and we always find pieces we'd like to share again. So join us in celebrating these fine writers:
The Lawrence Foundation Award of $1,000 was won by Lori Ostlund of San Francisco, CA for the story “Idyllic Little Bali” from the Summer issue. He teaches creative writing at California State University, Chico. She received the 2008 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction for her collection The Bigness of the World (U of Georgia P), which includes ‘‘Idyllic Little Bali.’’ Other stories from the collection have appeared or are forthcoming in the Georgia Review, the Kenyon Review, New England Review, Hobart, and Blue Mesa Review. For eight years, she and her partner owned an Asian furniture store in New Mexico and took yearly buying trips to Indonesia, where her prize-winning story is set.
The $1,500 Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award was won by Robin Becker of Boalsburg, PA for her many poems that were published in the Summer and Fall issues. Her sixth collection of poems, Domain of Perfect Affection (U of Pittsburgh P), was a finalist for the Audre Lorde and Lambda Book Awards. She writes a column on the poetry scene, ‘‘Field Notes,’’ for the
Women’s Review of Books. She’s currently completing a new collection of poems called ‘‘Snow in Summer.’’ This prize is made possible by the generosity of poet, publisher, and philanthropist Glenna Luschei.
Alicia Ostriker won the Virginia Faulkner Award for Excellence in Writing of $1,000 for her six poems in the Summer issue. Alicia Ostriker is a poet and critic. Her most recent book of poetry is The Book of Seventy. Her 1980 poem sequence The Mother/child Papers has just been reprinted by the University of Pittsburgh Press. She is also the author of Stealing the Language: The Emergence of Women’s Poetry in America. She teaches in the Low-Residency mfa program at Drew University. The Faulkner Award is supported by charitable contributions to honor Virginia Faulkner, former editor-in-chief of the University of Nebraska Press and fiction editor at Prairie Schooner.
Linda Pastan is awarded the Edward Stanley Award of $1,000 for her four poems from the Winter issue. Her twelfth book of poems, Queen of a Rainy Country, was published by Norton. She received the Ruth Lilly Prize in 2003 and was twice a finalist for the National Book Award. From 1991 to 1995 she was poet laureate of Maryland. Her next book will be Traveling Light. Charitable contributions from the family of Edward Stanley, a member of the committee that founded Prairie Schooner in 1926, make this award possible.
The Bernice Slote Award of $500 for the best work by a beginning writer was won by Marly Swick for her story “Nothing Extra” published in the Fall issue. She has published two story collections and two novels: A Hole in the Language, The Summer Before the Summer of Love, Paper Wings, and Evening News. Her short fiction has appeared in O’Henry Prize Stories, Atlantic Monthly, Best of the Best of the South, and other magazines. The Slote Award is supported by the estate of Bernice Slote, Prairie Schooner editor from 1963 through 1980.
The Annual Prairie Schooner Strousse Award of $500 goes to Rebecca Aronson of Albuquerque, NM for her two poems from the Winter issue. She has poems recently published or forthcoming in American Poetry Journal, Gulfstream, and Satellite Convulsions (Poems from Tin House), among others. Her first book, Creature, Creature, came out from Main-Traveled Roads Press. The Strousse Award is given in honor of Flora Strousse.
The Jane Geske Award
of $250 is awarded to Stephen Dunn
for five poems from the Spring issue. He is the author of fifteen collections
of poetry, including What Goes On: Selected and New Poems, 1995–2009, in
which the poems in this issue appear. His Different Hours won the Pulitzer
Prize in 2001. He lives in Frostburg, Maryland. The Jane Geske Award is given by
Norman Geske in honor of his wife, Jane Geske, a lifelong supporter of
David Graham wins the Hugh J. Luke Award of $250 for his two poems in the Fall issue. He is the author of six collections of poems, most recently Stutter Monk (Flume P), and an essay anthology coedited with Kate Sontag, After Confessions: Poetry as Autobiography (Graywolf P). He lives in Ripon, WI.
There were ten winners of the Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Awards of $250 each. These awards are made possible through the generosity of Glenna Luschei.
Lee Zacharias, of Greensboro, NC, for her essay, “A Grand Canyon,” in the Spring issue
Caitlin Horrocks, of Grand Rapids, MI, for her story, “Steal Small,” in the Summer issue
Susan Aizenberg, of Omaha, NE, for her three poems in the Fall issue
Sarah Kennedy, of Fairfield, VA, for her two poems in the Winter issue
Breja Gunnison, of Beloit, WI, for her story, “My Life Among the Bodies,” in the Winter issue
Joy Ladin, of Amherst, MA, for her essay, “The God Thing,” in the Winter issue
Jason Brown, of Tucson, AZ, for his short story, “The Flood,” in the Summer issue
Aimee Nezhukumatathil, of Freedonia, NY, for her two poems in the Winter issue
Emmanuel Moses (tr. Marilyn Hacker), of Paris, France, for four poems in the Winter issue
Paul Lisicky, of New York, NY, for his short story in the Fall issue.