2018 Award Winners

We are thrilled to announce our 2018 Award winners.

Chosen from a field of nearly 2,500 applications, these twenty artists and writers come from nineteen US states and Canada; they have thirty-seven children; and a record eighteen of our awardees this year are women. These artists and writers are making work that is urgent and timely, thoughtful and transformative, and a welcome balm to us here in smoky California.

Please join us in congratulating these outstanding artists and writers!

2018 Awards ($5,000 each)

Jean Alexander Frater, Painting
Remica L Bingham-Risher, Poetry
Cicely Carew, Printmaking
Leela Corman, Graphic Novels
Monique Fields, Picture Books
Darien Hsu Gee, Creative Nonfiction
Sarah Gerkensmeyer, Fiction
Rigoberto Alonso Gonzalez, Painting
Raul Gonzalez, Mixed Media
Toni Jensen, Creative Nonfiction
Mary NaRee Laube, Painting
Tanya Marcuse, Photography
Kelly Ann Ording, Painting
Kimberly King Parsons, Fiction
Cindy Pon, Young Adult Fiction
Kaitlynn Redell, Mixed Media
Michelle Brittan Rosado, Poetry
Shira Spector, Graphic Novels
Jenniey Irene Tallman, Creative Nonfiction
Arlaina Tibensky, Fiction

2018 Finalists

Katrina Michele Andry, Printmaking
Natalia Arbelaez, Sculpture
Roxanna Faye Asgarian, Long Form Journalism
Helen Barff, Sculpture
Laura Berman, Printmaking
Brooke Champagne, Creative Nonfiction
Alda P Dobbs, Early and Middle Grade Fiction
Kelli Jo Ford, Fiction
Ghost of a Dream (Lauren Was and Adam Eckstrom), Installation
Aracelis Girmay, Poetry
Jacqueline Goldfinger, Playwriting
Harvest Henderson, Fiction
Robert Leroy Hodge, Mixed Media
Kate McQuade, Fiction
Phoebe North, Early and Middle Grade Fiction
Memory Risinger, Fiction
Mia Rosenthal, Drawing
Adelia Saunders, Fiction
Hannah Stephenson, Poetry
Valerie Wallace, Printmaking

For more details about our winners, visit our Awardees page.