Alice James Award
The Alice James Award, formerly the Beatrice Hawley Award, is given annually by Alice James Books. The award includes publication of a book-length poetry manuscript and a cash prize (currently $2,000).
The award was established by the press in 1986 to honor cooperative member author Beatrice Hawley (Making the House Fall Down, 1977) who died in 1985 at forty-one years of age from lung cancer. The Award was renamed, like its sponsoring publisher, after Alice James "whose extraordinary gift for writing went unrecognized in her lifetime." The Award is a nationally-offered publication prize open to poets at any stage of their careers.
The first award recipient was Linnea Johnson, for The Chicago Home. Winners of the award have often gone on to receive national attention and further honors for their winning works, most notably, Brian Turner for Here, Bullet, which received national and international media attention. Turner also received numerous further awards and honors for his work, including a 2006 Lannan Literary Fellowship, the 2006 Northern California Book Award in Poetry, the 2006 PEN Center USA "Best in the West" Literary Award in Poetry, a 2007 NEA Literature Fellowship in Poetry, the 2007 Poets' Prize, and the 2009 Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship.
Catherine Barnett (Into Perfect Spheres Such Holes Are Pierced, 2003) was further recognized with the 2004 Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers, a Whiting Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Mary Szybist (Granted, 2003) was further recognized with the 2004 Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, and was a 2003 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist. B.H. Fairchild (The Art of the Lathe, 1997) was 1998 National Book Award Finalist, and won the 1999 William Carlos Williams Award, the 1999 PEN Center West Poetry Award, the 1999 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, and the 1999 California Book Award.
Beatrice Hawley / Alice James Award Winners
- 2017: Mia Malhotra for When I See You Again It Will Be With a Different Face
- 2016: Anna Rose Welch for Noah's Woods
- 2015: Elizabeth Lyons for The Blessing of Dark Water
- 2014: Richie Hofmann for Second Empire
- 2013: Philip Metres for Sand Opera
- 2012: Jamaal May for Hum
- 2011: Jane Springer, for Murder Ballad
- 2010: Lesle Lewis, for lie down too
- 2009: Reginald Dwayne Betts, for Shahid Reads His Own Palm
- 2008: Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno for Slamming Open the Door
- 2007: Lia Purpura, for King Baby
- 2006: Henrietta Goodman, for Take What You Want
- 2005: Brian Turner, for Here, Bullet
- 2004: Dobby Gibson, for Polar
- 2003: Catherine Barnett, for Into Perfect Spheres Such Holes Are Pierced
- 2002: Mary Szybist, for Granted
- 2001: Liz Waldner, for Self and Simulacra
- 2000: Claudia Keelan, for Utopic
- 1999: Amy Newman, for Camera Lyrica
- 1998: Laura Kasischke, for Fire and Flower
- 1997: B.H. Fairchild, for The Art of the Lathe
- 1996: Cynthia Huntington, for We Have Gone to the Beach
- 1995: Forrest Hamer, for Call & Response
- 1994: Richard McCann, for Ghost Letters
- 1992: Alice Jones, for The Knot
- 1988: Jean Valentine, for Home Deep Blue
- 1987: Laurel Trivelpiece, for Blue Holes
- 1986: Linnea Johnson, for The Chicago Home
- Poets & Writers > Alice James Books > Beatrice Hawley Award
- Alice James Books > Author Page > Beatrice Hawley
- Aftermatter in The Big Book of Exit Strategies by Jamaal May (Alice James Books, 2016).
- Alice James Books > Submissions Guidelines
- Alice James Books > Author Page > Linnea Johnson Archived 2009-09-26 at the Wayback Machine.
- The New Yorker > The Talk of the Town > Ink: War Poet by Dana Goodyear > 11/14/05
- New The New York Times Book Review> Review by J.B. of Here, Bullet by Brian Turner
- The NewsHour: Poetry Series > Poet Profile > Brian Turner > PBS
- The Guardian > Review by Sarah Crown of Here, Bullet > by Brian Turner > January 26, 2008
- Alice James Books > Author Page > Brian Turner Archived 2009-02-10 at the Wayback Machine.
- New York University >Office of Public Affairs > NYU’s Barnett Receives Guggenheim Fellowship to Write Poetry > May 04, 2006
- The New York Times Book Review > My Daughter's Murder, by David Kirby > 04/10/09
- NPR > Fresh Air > On The Page, Poet Mourns Daughter's Murder > July 29, 2009 > Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno Interviewed by Terri Gross
- Alice James Books > News & Events > Announcing the winner of the 2011 Beatrice Hawley Award
- Alice James Books > News & Events Archived 2010-04-05 at the Wayback Machine.
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