IACA Announces 2019 Literary Awards Program Recipients

 

The Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA) is pleased to announce the Fiscal Year 2019 Literary Awards Program recipients. The Literary Awards Program recognizes Illinois writers and promotes greater awareness of non-commercial publishing in the state. Eligible not-for-profit literary magazines nominate Illinois writers recently featured in their publications.

Twenty thousand dollars in $1,000 companion awards was distributed among ten Illinois writers and the magazines which published their work.

Roger Bonair-Agard for the poem “These Thursdays” published in Obsidian, Issue Number 43.2

Amelia Brunskill for the story “Dive Deep, Breath Held” published in Ninth Letter, Volume 14, Number 1, Spring/Summer 2017

Edgar Garcia for the hybrid piece “Skins of Columbus” published in MAKE Magazine, Issue 17

Mary Hawley for the story “Skies of Blue” published in Fifth Wednesday Journal, Issue 20, Spring 2017

Shepsu Aakhu, aka Reginald Lawrence for the drama piece “Feral” published in Obsidian, Issue Number 43.2

Janice Tuck Lively for the Story “Greene Cake” published in Obsidian, Issue Number 44.1

Faisal Mohyuddin for the poem “Whenever He Teaches Hamlet” published in RHINO, 2018

Scott Onak for the story “The Grand Egress” published in Ninth Letter, Volume 14, Number 1, Spring/Summer 2017

Rachel Slotnick for the creative non-fiction work “A World Without Blue” published in MAKE Magazine, Issue 17

Keith Wilson for the poem “Calf’s Head and Ox Tongue” published in Obsidian, Issue Number 43.2

 

Literary Arts professionals, serving as jurors, evaluated Literary Awards Program Applications and made recommendations to the IACA Board.

Stephen Corey, Editor, Georgia Review, Athens, GA 

Kristin Dykstra, Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Saint Michael’s College, Hinesburg, VT

Tom Tiberio, Managing Editor, New Ohio Review, Athens, OH

Jacinda Townsend, Fiction Writer in Residence, Berea College, Bloomington, IN

IACA Council Member Donald Weiner served as Panel Chair.

The Illinois Arts Council Agency is funded by the Illinois General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.  The IACA serves the people of Illinois through a variety of grants and services primarily geared to support the Illinois arts sector, advance arts education, foster creativity, and drive the economic vitality of the state.


For additional information about the Literary Awards Program, contact Susan Dickson, at Susan.Dickson@illinois.gov or 312/814-6740 or 800/237-6994 (toll free within Illinois).  Individuals who are deaf or have hearing or voice impairments can call 312/814-4831 TTY.