Kim Adrian, Brynn Saito, and George Kamide have been named the winners of our 2010-2011 awards for emerging writers. Each will receive full tuition to the 2011 Seminar and Writers’ Workshop Program, as well as airfare, lodging, and support for living expenses while in Key West.
Kim Adrian, of Brookline, Massachusetts, receives the Marianne Russo Award. Adrian earned an MFA from Bennington College in 2004 and has published work in Tin House, Post Road, Agni, Gettysburg Review, Raritan, Crazyhorse, Ninth Letter, and The New England Review, among other publications. She is the creator of Food Culture Index, a website which documents depictions of food in the arts. Previous honors include a PEN/New England Discovery Award and a fellowship from the Edward F. Albee Foundation.
Brynn Saito receives the Scotti Merrill Memorial Award. A poet and native of California’s Central Valley, Saito earned a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley, a master’s in religious studies from NYU, and an MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied with Tina Chang. Her work has appeared in Pleiades, Harpur Palate, and Copper Nickel; and has been anthologized in Helen Vendler’s Poems, Poets, Poetry: An Introduction and Anthology, 3rd ed. and From Totems to Hip-Hop: A Multicultural Anthology of Poetry Across the Americas 1900-2002, edited by Ishmael Reed. Prior honors include a Poets 11 award from the San Francisco Public Library and a Kundiman Asian American Poetry Fellowship.
George Kamide receives the Joyce Horton Johnson Fiction Award. The Virginia resident is a 2005 graduate of the College of William and Mary, where, says Kamide "I broke away from the dry prose of the social sciences and wrote my thesis as a play. Since graduating, I have enrolled in numerous workshops and seminars at Writer House, a local non-profit institution started by writers in Charlottesville, Virginia."
Congratulations to Kim Adrian, Brynn Saito, and George Kamide. We look forward to meeting each of you in Key West!