The Riots Wins GLCA First-Book Award

April 3, 2012

The Riots, a collection of nonfiction essays by Danielle Cadena Deulen, has won the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award for Creative Nonfiction. The award comes with an honorarium, and travel expenses and hotel accommodations in order for the winner to travel to each of the GLCA’s thirteen colleges, giving readings, leading discussions, and meeting students and faculty. The winner in poetry was Shane Book’s Ceiling of Sticks, and Alan Heathcock’s Volt won for fiction.

Here’s an excerpt from the GLCA judges’ citation for The Riots: These essays are highly compressed and highly realized, sharply drawn, intense in their urgently lyrical way, exquisitely written. Deulen’s dialogues and descriptions…seem to burn rather than ease into memory…the imagery is often beautiful and surprising, the surprise like tiny explosions now and again within a sentence, a paragraph, on a page.

Deulen’s book was first published after winning the AWP Award for Creative Nonfiction. It was published by the University of Georgia Press, which, interestingly, has now published books that have won in each of the three genres of the GLCA New Writers Award for poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

Read the announcement at GLCA's Website: GLCA New Writers Award Winners

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