Congratulations to the Emerging Author finalists for the 2015 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award!

Laura Bates

BatesLaura Bates has a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in Comparative Literature, with a focus on Shakespeare studies. She is Professor of English at Indiana State University, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Shakespeare and world literature.

For more than twenty-five years she has also taught throughout the Indiana state prison system. She created the world’s first Shakespeare program in supermax—the long-term solitary confinement unit. Her prison work has been featured in local and national media, including two segments on MSNBC-TV’s Lock Up.

Her first book chronicled these prison experiences: “Shakespeare Saved My Life:” Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard (Sourcebooks, 2013). The book received positive reviews as well as national and international recognition, from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly to National Geographic and Huffington Post. It was selected as the global Big Library Read, during which it was read by more than 100,000 readers in more than 12 countries. A Korean translation was published last year. An audio book came out in May 2015. And a film adaptation is currently under contract.

Her second book is currently in progress: Tempest Tossed, A Five-Year Journey from Refugee to Immigrant Told Through Love Letters, 1945-1950. The book is based on more than 100 letters written between her mother in a D.P. (displaced person) camp and her father in a POW camp, culminating in each of their separate immigration experiences and eventual reunion in America in 1950. It is a personal account that represents the experiences of millions of refugees of that period, as well as the millions of war refugees around the world today. For more information, visit

Skila Brown

BrownSkila Brown is the author of “Caminar,” a novel in verse set in 1981 Guatemala, about a boy who survives the massacre of his village and must decide what being a man during a time of war really means. Forthcoming books include the picture book “Slickety Quick: Poems About Sharks” and the verse novel “To Stay Alive: Mary Ann Graves and the Tragic Journey of the Donner Party,” all from Candlewick Press. She holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She grew up in Kentucky and Tennessee, lived for a bit in Guatemala, and now resides with her family in Indiana.

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Clifford Garstang
GarstangClifford Garstang is the author of “What the Zhang Boys Know,” which won the 2013 Library of Virginia Award for Fiction, and the prize-winning short story collection “In an Uncharted Country.” He is the editor of an anthology, “Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet,” a finalist for the International Book Award, and Prime Number Magazine, an online quarterly. He is also the author of the popular literary blog Perpetual Folly, widely known for its annual ranking of literary magazines.

Garstang’s work has appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, Blackbird, Cream City Review, Los Angeles Review, Tampa Review, Virginia Quarterly Review,and elsewhere, and has received Distinguished Mention in the Best American Series. He won the 2006 ConfluenceFiction Prize and the 2007 GSU Review Fiction Prize and has been awarded fellowships by the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.

After receiving a BA in Philosophy from Northwestern University, Garstang served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in South Korea. He then earned an MA in English and a JD, magna cum laude, both from Indiana University, and practiced international law in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Singapore with one of the largest law firms in the United States. Subsequently, he earned a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and worked for Harvard Law School’s Program on International Financial Systems as a legal reform consultant in Almaty, Kazakhstan. From 1996 to 2001, he was Senior Counsel for East Asia at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., where his work focused on China, Vietnam, Korea and Indonesia. In 2003 he received an MFA in fiction from Queens University of Charlotte.

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Congratulations to all of the past finalists for the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award. These authors represent some of the best that Indiana literature has to offer and are truly deserving of recognition.

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