1st annual Binghamton University John Gardner Fiction Book award winner named


The Creative Writing Program at Binghamton University announces the winner of the first annual John Gardner Fiction Book award. The award recognizes the most outstanding book of fiction published in 2001 by a small or university press and honors the memory of John Gardner (1933-1982), critic, poet and novelist, and former head of the Creative Writing program at Binghamton University.

Top honors went to David Schmahmann for his book Empire Settings (White Pine Press). Schmahmann will receive a $1,000 award and be invited to participate in an awards ceremony to be ceremony to be held on the Binghamton University campus.

Finalists included:

Daniel Coshnear - Jobs & Other Preoccupations (Helicon Nine Editions);

Ruth Hamel - My Favorite Lies (University of Missouri Press)

Emily Hammond - Milk (The Permanent Press)

Susan Hudson - Opposable Thumbs (Livingston Press)

Nicholas Montemarano - A Fine Place (Context Books)

Debra Spark - The Ghost of Bridgetown (Graywolf Press)

Frederick Su - An American Sin (Bytewrite LLC)

The judge for this year’s awards was Rhoda Lerman, who penned the acclaimed one-woman play Eleanor: Her Secret Journey. The play, adapted from Lerman’s book Eleanor, A Novel, (Holt, Rineheart & Winston), had successful stage engagements in San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Beverly Hills, Austin, Miami Beach, and Syracuse.

Lerman’s other notable works include Animal Acts, (Henry Holt); Book of the Night (Holt, Rineheart & Winston); Call Me Istar (Doubleday) and the nonfiction book, In the Company of Newfies, (Henry Holt).

The Creative Writing Program at Binghamton University has also announced that nominations are open for the 2002 John Gardner Fiction Book award.

The contest is open to books of poems by living American poets published in an edition of 48 pages or more in length and 500 or more copies. The winner will receive a $1,000 award and will be invited to participate in an awards ceremony by giving a reading of his or her work.

Writers and poets may submit more than one book. Three copies of each book and an application form should be sent by March 1, 2003, to: Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Director of the Creative Writing Program, Binghamton University, P.O. Box 6000, Binghamton, NY 13902-6000. Winners of each award will be announced in The Poets & Writers newsletter.

Books entered in the competitions will be donated to the contemporary literature collection at the Binghamton University Library and to the Broome County Library.

The book awards are co-sponsored by the Harpur College Dean's Office. For more information, contact Maria Mazziotti Gillan at 607-777-2713.

Last Updated: 9/17/13