Congratulations to the 2015 National, Regional and Emerging Author winners and Lifetime Achievement Award winner!

National Author Winner

Marianne Boruch

Boruch, photo # 3 by Will DunlapMarianne Boruch’s eight poetry collections include “Cadaver, Speak” (2014)and “The Book of Hours” (2011), a Kingsley-Tufts Poetry Award winner, both from Copper Canyon Press which will publish her “Eventually One Dreams the Real Thing” in 2016. She is also the author of two essay collections, “In the Blue Pharmacy” (Trinity, 2005) and “Poetry’s Old Air” (Michigan, 1993), and a memoir, “The Glimpse Traveler” (Indiana, 2011) about hitchhiking in the early 70s.  Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The New York Review of Books, American Poetry Review, London Review of Books, Ploughshares, The Nation and elsewhere. Two of her poems have been chosen for Best American Poetry and four have received Pushcart Prizes.

Twice a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, Boruch also received a Guggenheim Fellowship and artist residencies at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, the Anderson Center (Red Wing, MN), Denali National Park in Alaska and at Isle Royale, our most isolated national park. Purdue gave her its University Research and Scholarship Distinction Award (2014), the College of Liberal Arts’ Discovery Excellence Award (2013) and a 2008 Faculty Fellowship in the Study of a Secondary Area to observe dissections in the so-called “cadaver lab” of the IU Medical School on Purdue’s campus and take a course in life drawing, the source of many poems in her recent “Cadaver, Speak.”

Boruch has received numerous English Department teaching awards and the 2007 College of Liberal Arts’ Educational Excellence Award. A 2012 Fulbright/Visiting Professor in Scotland’s University of Edinburgh, she is a Professor of English at Purdue and was the founding Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing in which she still teaches and, since 1988, has been semi-regularly on faculty at the low-residency Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She has taught at summer conferences such as Bread Loaf and Bear River. For nearly 30 years, she and her husband, David Dunlap, have lived in West Lafayette where they raised their son.

Regional Author Winner

Adrian Matejka

MatejkaAdrian Matejka is a graduate of Pike High School in Indianapolis and Indiana University in Bloomington. He earned his MFA in creative writing at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. His first collection of poems, “The Devil’s Garden,” won the 2002 New York / New England Award from Alice James Books. His second collection, “Mixology,” was a winner of the 2008 National Poetry Series and was also a finalist for a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature – Poetry. His most recent book, “The Big Smoke,” was awarded the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. “The Big Smoke” was also a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award, the 2014 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Lannan Foundation and currently serves as the Lilly Professor /Poet-in-Residence at Indiana University in Bloomington.

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Emerging Author Winner

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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Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Mari Evans

EvansMari Evans is a monumental figure in poetry and education and also played roles in shaping women’s history, politics, music and drama.

Born in Toledo, Ohio, Evans attended the University of Toledo where she studied fashion design but left without a degree. Her interests shifted to writing poetry and by 1969 she was a writer in residence at Indiana University-Purdue where she taught courses in African American Literature.  In 1969, she published her first work Where Is All the Music? followed by I Am a Black Woman (1970). During this time, Evans worked as a producer, writer, and director of The Black Experience (1968-1973), a pioneering sociopolitical television show which aired on prime time in Indianapolis.  She also worked in theatre, adapting the musical Eyes (1979) from Zora Neale Hurston’s novel Their Eyes Were Watching God from which she created the words Viagra online and music for twenty songs as well as wrote a choreopoem, River of My Song, and a one-woman theatre piece called Boochie about child abuse.  Evans served as a consultant for the National Endowment for the Arts from 1969 to 1970. Evans has published a number of poetry collections including Nightstar: 1973-1978 (1981) and A Dark and Splendid Mass (1992).

Evans has taught at a number of institutions including Cornell, Northwestern, Washington University in St. Louis, Spelman College, the University of Miami at Coral Gables, and the State University of New York at Albany.  Much of her work focuses on the celebration of Africa and the struggles of the Civil Rights Movement as well as other themes bringing to light the reality of the African American experience.  She became a well-respected figure in the Black Arts Movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Evans’ impact on Africa was reflected in 1997 when the Ugandan government issued a commemorative postage stamp in her honor.

Evans is the author of numerous articles and children’s books. Her work has been included in hundreds of anthologies and textbooks, including translations into many other languages. She resides in Indianapolis.


Congratulations to the past winners of 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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