Our warmest congratulations to Amaud Jamaul Johnson, whose new collection Darktown Folliesreceived the 2014 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for poetry on Friday at the Carnegie Library in Northwest Washington.The judges found that the poems in “Darktown Follies” laid bare “the difficult terrain of the false images” created “by black face in Vaudeville.” Johnson’s collection, “crafts a manuscript which balances the false and ugly with the beauty and truths of the black lies that exist beneath the gaze.”The Zora Neale Hurston/ Richard Wright Foundation, which is based in Washington, was founded in 1990 with a mission to ensure the survival of black writers and literature by black writers.Here at Tupelo Press, we couldn’t be more pleased or thankful to see Amaud’s dazzling work receive this important and enduring distinction. It’s a brave and brilliant book, and we feel honored to have had the gift of publishing it.
Tupelo Press, Books in Print for 15 Years
Darktown Follies, Amaud Jamaul Johnson’s second book of poems and winner of this year’s Council for Wisconsin Writrs Edna Meudt Poetry Book Award, shares billing with noted Michigan poet Robert Hayden’s Collected Poems in a Los Angeles Times review headlined Second Acts: A Second Look at Second Books of Poetry.
Johnson will be honored at CWW’s Awards Banquet and celebration of the Council’s 50th year, Saturday, May 10, at the Wisconsin Club, 900 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee. Reception is at 11 a.m., lunch served at 11:30 with awards presented at 12:30 p.m. Major Achievements honoree John Nichols will be featured as keynote speaker.
More details and reservation form are on CWW’s website at www.wiswriters.org/banquet.htm.
Winners of 2013 Wisconsin Writers Awards Announced by CWW
The Council for Wisconsin Writers is pleased to announce the 2013 winners and honorable mentions for the Wisconsin Writers’ Awards. CWW’s highest award, the $1,000 Major Achievement Award for work of outstanding merit, goes to John Nichols, who will give the keynote talk at CWW’s Awards Banquet at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 10, at the Wisconsin Club in Milwaukee. The public is invited to celebrate our state’s fine writers and the Council’s 50th anniversary.
Nichols, who lives in Madison, is Washington correspondent for The Nation, associate editor of The Capital Times, and author or co-author of ten books on media, politics and American history. A frequent guest on radio and television programs in the United States and abroad, Nichols is the co-founder of the nation’s media reform network, Free Press.
Winners of the Wisconsin Writers’ Awards for work published in 2013 will each receive $500 and a weeklong writing residency at Shake Rag Alley in Mineral Point. Honorable mentions will receive $50. Out-of-state judges made the decisions for each award.
Matt Cashion of La Crosse is winner of the Zona Gale Award for Short Fiction with “Awful Pretty,” published in Moon City Review. Margaret Benbow of Madison is recipient of an honorable mention for “Simeon Prophet and Johanna,” published in The Antioch Review.
Amaud Jamaul Johnson of Madison is winner of the Edna Meudt Poetry Book Award for Darktown Follies (Tupelo Press). Honorable mention goes to Seth Abramson of Madison for Thievery (University of Akron Press).
Craig Reinbold of Milwaukee is winner of the Kay W. Levin Short Nonfiction Award for his article “The Girl in the Photograph” (Ruminate Magazine). Jill Sisson Quinn of Scandinavia receives honorable mention for her essay “The Myth of Home” (Ecotone Journal).
The Great Cat Nap (Cornerstone Press) by A.M. Bostwick of Tomahawk is winner of the Tofte/Wright Children’s Literature Award; Rebecca Williams Spindler and Madelyn Spindler, Madison mother-daughter writers, receive honorable mention for Moving Out and Moving On (Little Creek Books).
B. J. Hollars of Eau Claire is winner of the Norbert Blei/August Derleth Nonfiction Book Award for Opening the Doors: The Desegregation of the University of Alabama and the Fight for Civil Rights in Tuscaloosa (Univ. of Alabama Press). Nicholas Hoffman and Jesse Gant, Appleton, receive an honorable mention for Wheel Fever: How Wisconsin Became a Great Bicycling State (Wisconsin Historical Society Press.)
The Edna Ferber Fiction Book Award goes to Jesse Lee Kercheval of Madison for My Life as a Silent Movie (Indiana University Press, 2013). Honorable mention goes to Raymond D. Schrab of Hartford for Dutch Schultz and the Gold of Quilalí (CreateSpace).
The Lorine Niedecker Poetry Award for five individual poems goes to Jeanie Tomasko of Middleton; Rita Mae Reese of Madison receives an honorable mention.
The CWW Essay Award for Young Writers of $250 this year will go to Hannah Kinzer of Eisenhower Middle and High School, New Berlin, plus an additional $250 to her high school library, for her essay “Thirty Thousand Feet in the Air.” Honorable mention goes to Satvir Kalsi of Brookfield Academy for “Out of the Cold, a Friend.” Members of the CWW Board judged.
More information about winners, judges, banquet registration, and the Council can be found at its website, www.wiswriters.org . Banquet tickets must be reserved by Monday, May 5.