Western States Book Award

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Western States Book Award was awarded annually in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and translation until 2003. Lifetime-achievement awards were also presented.




Creative nonfiction[edit]

  • 1984: A heaven in the eye by Clyde Rice
  • 1986: The seventh dragon: the riddle of equal temperament by Anita Sullivan
    (citation for merit) Having everything right: essays of place by Kim R. Stafford
  • 1988: Mayordomo: chronicle of an acequia in northern New Mexico by Stanley Crawford
  • 1990: The telling distance: conversations with the American desert by Bruce Berger
  • 1992: Going back to Bisbee by Richard Shelton
    (citation for merit) Fruit fields in my blood: Okie migrants in the West by Toby F. Sonneman
  • 1993: Two old women: an Alaska legend of betrayal, courage, and survival by Velma Wallis
  • 1994: Iron house: stories from the yard by Jerome Washington
  • 1995: Borneo log: the struggle for Sarawak's forests by William Bevis
  • 1995: Downcanyon: a naturalist explores the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon by Ann Haymond Zwinger
  • 1996: Wisdom sits in places: language and landscape among the Western Apache by Keith Basso
  • 1998: Chokecherry places: essays from the high plains by Merrill Gilfillan
  • 1999: Salt dreams: land & water in low-down California by William Debuys
  • 2000: In these hills by Ralph Beer
  • 2001: My story as told by water: confessions, Druidic rants, reflections, bird-watchings, fish-stalkings, visions, songs and prayers refracting light, from living rivers, in the age of the industrial dark by David James Duncan


  • 2000: The collected songs of Cold Mountain by Hanshan; translated from the Chinese by Red Pine
  • 2001: The silk dragon: translations from the Chinese translated by Arthur Sze

Lifetime Achievement[edit]

See also[edit]