PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award

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The PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award is for U.S. multicultural writers, to "promote works of excellence by writers of all cultural and racial backgrounds and to educate both the public and the media as to the nature of multicultural work."[1][2] It was founded by PEN Oakland in 1991 and named in honor of Josephine Miles. PEN Oakland was founded in 1989. The award was dubbed the "Blue Collar PEN Award" by The New York Times.[2][3]

In 1997, Pen Oakland inaugurated its Literary Censorship Awards to protest censorship practices within the U.S. Although PEN Oakland unsuccessfully attempted to become the USA's third PEN center, the attempt did succeed in opening the doors for PEN Oakland to become a full chapter of the PEN Center USA. PEN Oakland also introduced a resolution for more equitable media coverage of minorities and ethnic groups. The group also sponsored the Oakland Literature Expo portion of the City of Oakland’s Art & Soul Festival from 2001 through 2004.

The award is one of many PEN awards sponsored by International PEN affiliates in over 145 PEN centres around the world.

Award recipients[edit]

CENSORSHIP AWARD:

  • 2013 - Chris Hedges
  • 2012 - Alexander Cockburn
  • 2011 - WikiLeaks & Carole Simpson
  • 2010 - Richard Prince
  • 2009 - Jefferson Morely
  • 2008 - Project Censored
  • 2007 - Greg Palast
  • 2006 - Bill Moyers
  • 2005 - Kitty Kelley
  • 2004 - George Julius Theodule
  • 2003 - Sam Hamill
  • 2002 - Barbara Lee
  • 2001 - William Mandel, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Daniel Hernandez
  • 2000 - Robert Parry
  • 1999 - Mumia Abu-Jamal, Gary Webb
  • 1998 - Gerald Nicosia
  • 1997 - Floyd Salas

REGINALD LOCKETT LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:

  • 2013 - Jesse Douglas Taylor
  • 2012 - Q.R. Hand
  • 2011 - Adam David Miller
  • 2010 - Paul Krassner, Vance Bourjaily
  • 2009 - A.D. Winans, Harriet Rohmer, Kristin Hunter Lattany
  • 2008 - Reginald Lockett, Adrienne Kennedy, Diane di Prima
  • 2007 - Andy Ross
  • 2006 - Joyce Jenkins

References[edit]

  1. ^ Javier Huerta (November 2008). "2008 Pen Oakland Josephine Miles National Literary Awards". Poetry Foundation. Retrieved September 1, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Gar Smith (December 15, 2012). "Oakland PEN Writing Awards Honor Paul Krassner, Local Writers". The Berkeley Daily Planet. Retrieved September 1, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Felicity Barringer (December 4, 2009). "The ‘Blue-Collar’ PEN Awards". New York Times. Retrieved September 1, 2012. 

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