Wordcraft Circle Honors and Awards
Wordcraft Circle is proud to announce the winners for the 2015 Honors and Awards! The winners were selected from an open nomination process and awarded by a panel of Wordcraft Circle members, scholars, writers, and storytellers. These awards are dedicated solely to the work and words of Native and Indigenous writers and storytellers.
The highest honor, Wordcrafter of the Year, was awarded to Allison HedgeCoke. This award honors the legacy of Dr. Lee Francis III, Wordcraft Founder, and is awarded to an individual who demonstrates excellence in each of Wordcraft’s Core Areas: education, mentorship, promotion, and activism. The award recognizes the many literary contributions of Ms. HedgeCoke including eight books of her own authorship and six published anthologies of other indigenous authors, the last of which were release in the past year. The award carries a small cash prize and additional benefits. Other awards include the the Bright Star Youth Award and the Pathfinder Award given to the writer(s) who are pushing the boundaries of Indigenous literature with their work.
Awardees will be honored on the evening of December 5th, at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico as part of the Returning the Gift gathering. The gathering will feature workshops by several of the honorees, as well as featured readings during the day on Saturday the 5th. The evening will also celebrate the work of Diane Glancy, the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner. Past awardees of NWCA include: Sherman Alexie, Joy Harjo, Robert Conley, and many more.
Wordcrafter of the Year
Allison Hedge Coke
Bright Star Youth Award
NACA Radical Poets (Youth Poetry Group)
Sovereign Nation of the Year
Erica Wurth – Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend
Deborah Miranda – Raised by Humans
Publisher of the Year
West End Press
Robert Conley – Will Usdii: Thoughts from the Asylum
The Road Back to Sweetgrass – Linda Legarde Grover
Sinking Suspicions – Sara Sue Hoklotubbe
The Darkness Rolling – Win Blevins & Meredith Blevins
Native Women and Land: Narratives of Dispossession and Resurgence – Stephanie Fitzgerald
Lisa Charleyboy – Dreaming In Indian
Braiding Sweetgrass – Robin Kimmerer
The Mourning Road to Thanksgiving – Larry Spotted Crow Mann
Hungry Johnny – Cheryl Minnema
Sweetest Kulu – Celina Kalluk
No Name – Tim Tingle
Sliver of a Full Moon – MK Nagle
Three Feathers – Richard Van Camp
Super Indian Vol 2 – Arigon Starr
We Speak In Secret – Roy Boney Jr.
Why I Return to Makoce – Lois Red Elk
Worn Cities – Alice Azure