2016 Housatonic Book Award Winners

The MFA in Creative and Professional Writing and its Alumni Writers’ Cooperative proudly announce the winners and finalists of the 2016 Housatonic Book Awards. The four award recipients will appear in Danbury at January or August residencies of the MFA program in 2017.

The Housatonic Book Awards recognize excellent writing by authors who serve as professional role models for students at the beginning of their careers as writers.

Nominations for the 2017 awards will open in Spring of 2017 at https://housatonicbookawards.wordpress.com, where a list of past winners can be found as well.


Winner: Bastards of the Reagan Era, Reginald Dwayne Betts (Four Way Books)

Finalists: One Blackbird at a Time, Wendy Barker (BkMk Press); Gog, Brandi George (Black Lawrence Press); Silent Anatomies, Monica Ong (Kore Press); and The Verging Cities, Natalie Scenters-Zapico (Center for Literary Publishing)


Winner: My Sunshine Away, M. O. Walsh (Putnam)

Finalists: Nonprofit, Matt Burriesci (New Issues); The Misadventures of Sulliver Pong, Leland Cheuk (Chicago Center for Literature and Photography); Prudence, David Treuer (Riverhead Books); and Twister, Genanne Walsh (Black Lawrence Press)

Young Adult and Middle Grade

Winner: Romancing the Dark in the City of Light, Ann Jacobus (Thomas Dunne Books)

Finalists: Leif’s Journey, Terry Hokenson (namelos); The Saga of Gudrid the Far Traveler,Nancy Marie-Brown (namelos); My Seneca Village, Marilyn Nelson (namelos); The Rosemary Spell, Virginia Zimmerman (Clarion)


Winner: Planck: Driven by Vision, Broken by War, Brandon Brown (Oxford University Press)

Finalists: All Who Go Do Not Return, Shulem Deen (Graywolf); Mot: A Memoir, Sarah Einstein (University of Georgia Press); Belief Is Its Own Kind of Truth, Lori Jakiela (Atticus Books); andNagasaki: Life after Nuclear War, Susan Southard (Viking/Penguin)

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