IACA Announces FY20 Literary Awards Program Recipients

The Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA) is pleased to announce the Fiscal Year 2020 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.

  • Daniel Borzutzky for the poem “Aquafina” published in Chicago Review
  • Suzanne Clores for the contemporary non-fiction piece “The Second Sight” published in Hypertext Magazine
  • Kimberly Dixon-Mays for the poem “Ceramic tiles echo more voices than are there” published in RHINO Poetry
  • Ruth Hoberman for the poem “How to Thatch a Roof” published in RHINO Poetry
  • Anna Leigh Knowles for the poem “To the Woman in Withdrawal Next Cot Over at the Denver Treatment Center for Public Inebriats” published in RHINO Poetry
  • Whitney Lee for the contemporary non-fiction piece “On Dissection” published in Ninth Letter
  • Sterling Plumpp for the poem “Language” published in Chicago Review 
  • Kirk Schleuter for the poem “The Secret Names of Sugar” published in RHINO
  • Alison Thumel for the poem “vocabulary lesson” published in Ninth Letter
  • avery r young for the poem “from skyscraper(s) and everything” published in Chicago Review

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

Rebekah A. Frumkin, Carbondale, IL
Sharon Hatfield, Athens. OH
Phillip Williams, New York, NY

IACA Council Member Rich Daniels 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.

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