Congratulations to the 2014 National, Regional and Emerging Author winners!

National Author Winner

Michael Shelden
Michael SheldenProfessor Michael Shelden of Indiana State University is the author of five biographies, including the Pulitzer Prize Finalist “Orwell: The Authorized Biography,” which was also a New York Times Notable Book and has been translated into five languages. His study of Mark Twain’s final years, “Man in White,” was chosen as one of the best books of 2010 by Christian Science Monitor and Library Journal. For 15 years, he was a features writer for the London Daily Telegraph, and for 10 years he served as a fiction critic for the Baltimore Sun. His work has also appeared in The Shakespeare Quarterly, the Times of London, Victorian Studies, the Washington Post and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. His most recent book – “Young Titan: The Making of Winston Churchill” – was published in 2013 by Simon & Schuster in New York and London. “Shelden is full of sharp insights about Churchill,” said the Wall Street Journal, “as one would expect from a literary biographer of his rank.” Translation rights have been sold in four languages, and the film rights were bought by Carnival Films, the London-based producers of Downton Abbey.

A popular speaker, Michael has given lectures for the Churchill Centre, the National World War Two Museum, the Commonwealth Club of California, the Hirshhorn Museum of the Smithsonian Institution and the London Library. For Recorded Books, he has created three sets of audio lectures, including “The Lost Generation: American Writers in Paris in the 1920s” (2011), which AudioFile magazine praised for its “bittersweet imagery . . . wry wit, passion and humor.” When his first book was published, the London Times wrote: “His ‘Friends of Promise, Cyril Connolly and the World of Horizon’ . . . is being heavily serialized and profiled in the serious national Press. He has dug up a great deal of unpublished correspondence and other documents that throw startling new light on the London literary and intellectual scene of 50 years ago. He also writes beautifully, with spice and vinegar.” For more information, visit

Regional Author Winner

Norbert Krapf
Norbert KrapfJasper native, Indianapolis resident and former Indiana Poet Laureate Norbert Krapf was inspired to start writing poetry in 1971 by the poems of Walt Whitman and the songs of Delta blues great Robert Johnson. As IPL, Norbert, who has worked with photographers Darryl Jones, David Pierini and Richard Fields, promoted collaborations and the reunion of poetry and song. He released a CD with jazz pianist-composer Monika Herzig, “Imagine,” and performs poetry and blues with Gordon Bonham, his guitar teacher.

Of Norbert’s 26 books, 11 are full-length poetry collections, including the recent “Catholic Boy Blues: A Poet’s Journal of Healing,” “American Dreams,” “Songs in Sepia and Black and White,” “Bloodroot: Indiana Poems” and “Invisible Presence.” He has also published a prose childhood memoir, “The Ripest Moments,” edited a collection of pioneer German journals and letters from Dubois County and translated early poems of Rainer Maria Rilke and legends from his ancestral Franconia.

Norbert is emeritus professor of English at Long Island University where he directed the C.W. Post Poetry Center. He holds degrees from St. Joseph’s College (IN) and the University of Notre Dame and was Fulbright Professor at the Universities of Freiburg and Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany. He received the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, had a poem included in a stained-glass panel at the Indianapolis Airport and held an Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Fellowship to combine poetry and the blues. Garrison Keillor has read his poems on The Writer’s Almanac. See and hear more at

Emerging Author Winner

Kelsey Timmerman
Kelsey TimmermanKelsey Timmerman is the author of “WHERE AM I WEARING? A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People That Make Our Clothes” and “WHERE AM I EATING? An Adventure Through the Global Food Economy.” His writing has appeared in publications such as the Christian Science Monitor and Condé Nast Portfolio and has aired on NPR. Kelsey is also the cofounder of the Facing Project, a community storytelling project that connects people through stories to strengthen communities. He has spent the night in Castle Dracula in Romania, played PlayStation in Kosovo, farmed on four continents, taught an island village to play baseball in Honduras, and in another life, worked as a SCUBA instructor in Key West, Florida. Whether in print or in person he seeks to connect people around the world. For more information, visit


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