Southwest Festival of the Written Word authors win awards

Several authors who took part in the Southwest Festival of the Written Word, October 2015, have gone on to win significant awards and recognition for their work.chavez denise 2

Denise Chávez won a 2015 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award for her novel The King and Queen of Comezón. She has also been named as a 2016 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from UNM. This award comes under the umbrella of the Paul Ré Peace Prize. The winners are honored for Outstanding Peace Promotion Activities.

Price VBV.B. Price also wins the Lifetime Achievement Award from UNM for his work as a distinguished poet, human rights and environmental columnist, editor, journalist, architectural critic, novelist and teacher.

quade, Kirstin ValdezKirstin Valdez Quade’s short story collection Night at the Fiestas won the John Leonard Prize from the National Book Critics Circle, the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and was a New York Times Notable Book.

garcia nasarioNasario Garcia’s Hoe, Heaven, and Hell: My Boyhood in Rural New Mexico won the Fabiola Cabeza de Baca Award, for outstanding publication regarding domestic life in New Mexico. In addition, his Grandma Lale’s Tamales: A Christmas Story won the Children’s Picture and Activity Books Award (Bilingual category).

Russell Sharman AptSharman Apt Russell won the 2016 John Burroughs Medal for Distinguished Nature Writing for Diary of a Citizen Scientist.

Bonnie-in-garden-croppedBonnie Buckley Maldonado won the WILLA Literary Award in Poetry for The Secret Lives of Us Kids: A Childhood Memoir, 1941-1942.

JJ Amaworo Wilson’s novel Damnificados was selected for a Top Ten Picks for 2016 list by ‘O’ the Oprah Winfrey Magazine.

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One Commentto Southwest Festival of the Written Word authors win awards

  1. Evangeline Parsons Yazzie says:

    Evangeline Parsons Yazzie’s first novel titled, Her Land, Her Love was selected as the 2016 American Indian Library Association Youth Literature Young Adult Honor Book. The American Indian Library Association is an affiliated partner of the American Library Association (ALA). Evangeline was a presenter at the 2015 Southwest Festival of the Written Word. Just as exciting is the news of Evangeline’s second novel titled, Her Enemy, Her Love was published in December of 2015.

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