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  • The Peralta Colleges 6:24 pm on May 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Andrena Zawinski, Claire Ortalda, , Floyd Salas, International PEN, Ishmael Reed, Josephine Miles, PEN Oakland Awards, Reginald Lockett   

    Peralta Community College District Board will honor 2 faculty winners of PEN Oakland Awards 

    You are invited —
    Oakland PEN prize-winning poets Andrena Zawinski (Laney) and Clifton Ross (Berkeley City College) will be honored by the Peralta Board of Trustees at their meeting Tuesday, May 24 at 7 pm.  The Board meeting will be at the District Office, 333 East Eighth St., down the street from Laney College.

    Andrena Zawinski won for her collection of poetry, SOMETHING ABOUT from Blue Light Press in San Francisco. Clifton Ross won for his book of poetry, Translations from Silence: New and Selected Poems, Freedom Press. Andrena Zawinski and Clifton Ross are part-time English instructors.

    The PEN Oakland award was named for the late poet and faculty member of U.C. Berkeley’s English Department. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PEN_Oakland/Josephine_Miles_Literary_Award   
    PEN Oakland, dubbed “the blue collar PEN” by the New York Times, was founded in 1989 by Ishmael Reed, who came up with the idea, and co-founders Floyd Salas, Reginald Lockett and Claire Ortalda, in order 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 multi-cultural work.” PEN Oakland affiliated with International PEN in 1990 and soon launched the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Awards for multicultural U.S. literature.  
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  • The Peralta Colleges 9:15 pm on November 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2010 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award, Andrena Zawinski, , PEN Oakland   

    Laney College English Instructor Andrena Zawinski Receives 2010 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award! 

    Andrena Zawinski, long time adjunct English instructor at Laney College, has just received a 2010 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award for her latest full collection of poetry, Something About from Blue Light Press in San Francisco, as an outstanding book published in 2009.

    Zawinski’s first full collection of poetry, Traveling in Reflected Light, was a 1995 Kenneth Patchen Prize in poetry from Pig Iron Press in Youngstown. At that time, Pittsburgh Magazinenamed her One to Watch in Literature in their inaugural Excellence in the Arts Awards.

    Zawinski has two additional smaller collections–Taking the Road Where It Leads (2008) from Poets Corner Press in Stockton as an honors publication and Zawinski’s Greatest Hits 1991-2001 (2002) from Pudding House’s invitational series. She is also Features Editor at PoetryMagazine.com.

    Andrena Zawinski’s award winning book Something About is available for checkout at the Laney College Library.

    PEN Oakland Awards Ceremony

    PEN Oakland, founded in 1989, is a chapter of PEN International, founded in 1921. Dubbed “the blue collar PEN” by the New York Times, PEN Oakland annually sponsors the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Book Awards, named for the late poet and faculty member of U.C. Berkeley’s English Department. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the awards.

    Each year PEN Oakland presents an award to outstanding book titles published in the previous year.  This year’s award ceremony, including brief readings by the winning authors, will take place on Saturday, December 11, 2010 at the Oakland Public Library Rockridge Branch at 5366 College Avenue from 2 to 5 p.m. The ceremony, which will be followed by a reception and book signings, is free and open to the public.  For further information, please contact Tennessee Reed, (510) 206-6107.

    The 2010 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award winners are:

    Clifton Ross. Translations from Silence: New and Selected Poems. Freedom
    Press. (poetry)

    Elizabeth Nunez. Anna In-Between. Akashic Press. (fiction)

    Etel Adnan. Master of the Eclipse. Interlink Publishing Group. (fiction)

    Manuel Ruben Delgado. The Last Chicano. Authorhouse Publications. (memoir)

    Andrena Zawinski. Something About. Blue Light Press. (poetry)

    Maria Espinosa. Dying Unfinished. Wings Press. (fiction/memoir)

    Mitch Horowitz. Occult America: The Secret History of How Mysticism Shaped
    Our Nation.
    Bantam. (non-fiction)

    Ivan J. Houston. Black Warriors: The Buffalo Soldiers of World War II:
    Memories of the Only Negro Infantry Division to Fight in Europe
    . iUniverse. (non-fiction)

    Journalist Richard Prince is the winner of the 2010 Censorship Award.

    Satirist Paul Krassner and the late author and publisher Vance Bourjaily will each receive Lifetime Achievement Awards.

     

    PEN Oakland, founded in 1989, is a chapter of PEN International, founded in 1921. Dubbed “the blue collar PEN” by the New York Times, PEN Oakland  annually sponsors the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Book Awards, named for the late poet and faculty member of U.C. Berkeley’s English Department. This  year marks the 20th anniversary of the awards.

    Posted by Chris Gat

     
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