Honors and Awards 2012
LF3 Memorial Award (Wordcrafter of the Year): Arigon Starr
For her work with the Indigenous Narratives Collective in trying to bring more attention to the work of Native American comic book artists and graphic novelists and connect with our youth and communities by tapping into the artistic spirit coupled with good storytelling.
Bright Star Award (Youth of the Year): Stephanie Padilla and Pamela Lujan
For their support of Wordcraft Circle and embodying our vision for the future.
Sovereign Nation of the Year: Oneida Nation
For their long-time commitment to supporting the voices of Native people, especially through their arts initiatives in and around the Oneida Nation.
Pathfinder Award: Sovereign Erotics – Qwo-li Driskill, Deborah Miranda, Daniel Heath Justice, Lisa Tatonetti
For pushing the boundaries of Native literature by exploring new topics and blazing a trail for the next generation of writers and storytellers.
Editor of the Year: Allison Hedge Coke, Sing: Poetry for the Indigenous Americas
Fiction: Geary Hobson, Plain of Jars And Other Stories
Non-Fiction: Lois Red Elk, Our Blood Remembers
Poetry: Alice Azure, Games of Transformations
Film: Diane Glancy, Dome of Heaven
Children’s Literature: Tim Tingle, Saltypie: A Choctaw Journey From Darkness Into Light
Academic: Jodi Byrd, The Transit of Empire: Indigenous Critiques of Colonialism
Performer: James Luna
Album: Radmilla Cody, Shi Kehyah: Songs for the People
History: Betty Donohue, Bradford’s Indian Book: Being the True Roote & Rise of American Letters as Revealed by the Native Text Embedded in Of Plimoth Plantation
Publisher: Mongrel Empire, Jeanetta Calhoun Mish
Blogger: Debbie Reese, American Indians In Children’s Literature
Drama: Kim Blaeser, The Museum At Red Earth
Genre (Historical Fiction): Murv Jacobs, Debbie Duval, James Murray, Secret History of the Cherokees
Genre (Mystery): Sara Hoklotubbe, The American Cafe
Genre (Literary Criticism): Penelope Myrtle Kelsey, Maurice Kenny: Celebration of a Mohawk Writer