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Congratulations to the 2016 National, Regional, Emerging and Genre Excellence Author winners!

National Author Winner

Karen Joy Fowler

Karen-Joy-Fowler-c-Brett-Hall-Jones4451.Karen Joy Fowler is the author of six novels and three short story collections. Her most recent novel, “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves,” won the PEN/Faulkner Award as well as the California Book Award for Fiction for 2013, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize the first year the prize was open to Americans. 

She is also the author of “The Jane Austen Book Club,” which was on the New York Times bestsellers list for nineteen weeks and was made into a major motion picture. In addition, her novel “Sister Noon” was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award.

Consistently acclaimed by critics, most of her titles have been New York Times Notable Books and named to many best-of-year lists.  She is the co-founder of the James Tiptree, Jr. Award and the current president of the Clarion Foundation (also known as Clarion San Diego).

Born and raised in an academic family in Bloomington, Indiana, she holds an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a graduate degree from University of California, Davis.  She lives in Santa Cruz, California.

Regional Author Winner

Philip Gulley

IMG_2291a-200x300-Phil-Gulley.jpg#asset:Philip Gulley is a Quaker pastor, writer and speaker from Danville, Indiana where he lives with his wife, Joan, and two dogs, Ruby and Jack. Many of his characters and recollections are taken from his boyhood in this small Midwestern town. 

Gulley attended Marian University in Indianapolis where he studied theology and sociology. He then enrolled at Christian Theological Seminary where he received his Master of Divinity in 1992. While in seminary, he became the pastor of Irvington Friends Meeting in Indianapolis and began writing essays for the church’s newsletter. Pianist and broadcaster Paul Harvey, Jr. received those newsletters and shared them with a publisher. A few months later, the publisher invited Gulley to publish his essays, which resulted in “Front Porch Tales,” his first book in the best-selling “Porch Talk” series of inspirational and humorous essays. He has been writing ever since. 

An eclectic writer, Gulley has now published 20 books, including the acclaimed “Harmony” series, chronicling life in the eccentric Quaker community of Harmony, Indiana. Gulley's latest fictional series continues the exploits of Sam Gardner, first introduced in the Harmony series. The new “Hope” series includes “A Place Called Hope,” and “A Lesson in Hope,” his most recent fictional release.  

Gulley has served as a Quaker pastor for 30 years, currently pastoring Fairfield Friends Meeting in Camby, Indiana. Additionally, he hosted the television program “Porch Talk with Phil Gulley” on the Indiana PBS affiliate WFYI and their flagship show Across Indiana, for which he received two Emmy® Awards. He also writes the popular monthly “Home Again” column for Indianapolis Monthly and is a regular contributor to The Saturday Evening Post. In 2010, Christian Theological Seminary awarded Gulley an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. In 2014, Gulley was presented with an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Franklin College, in recognition of his body of work. Gulley is currently working on what will be his 21st book entitled “The Awakened Soul.”

Genre Excellence - Children's Picture Book Author Winner

April Pulley Sayre

aprilwebphoto.ewa0j7jvva8kkocgs4w8c8sww.April Pulley Sayre is an award-winning author/photo-illustrator best known for her lyrical, read aloud science. She is a native of Greenville, South Carolina and currently resides in South Bend, Indiana. Her recent works include “Raindrops Roll,” an ALA Notable/NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor book; and “The Slowest Book Ever,” a middle grade science book. With illustrator Steve Jenkins she created the ALA Notable picture books “Woodpecker Wham,” “Eat Like a Bear,” and “Vulture View,” a Theodor Geisel Honor Book. Her book “Stars Beneath Your Bed: the Surprising Story of Dust” received the Best Picture Book of the year from AAAS/Subaru/Science Books and Films and she is a multiple honoree of the John Burroughs Award for natural history writing. Many of her works, including “Rah, Rah, Radishes: A Vegetable Chant,” “Go, Go Grapes: a Fruit Chant,” and the upcoming “Best in Snow” and “Full of Fall,” were photographed in Indiana. She also created “The Indiana Chant,” featured by the Indiana State Library and celebrated on bicentennial posters at libraries around the state. Connect with her at, on Facebook at April Pulley Sayre, Children’s Author, or Twitter @AprilPSayre.

Emerging Author Winner

Sarah Gerkensmeyer

Gerkensmeyer_LDeemer_4018_web_BW-200x300Sarah Gerkensmeyer’s story collection, “What You Are Now Enjoying,” was selected by Stewart O'Nan as winner of the Autumn House Press Fiction Prize, longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and chosen as winner of Late Night Library’s Debut-litzer Prize. A Pushcart Prize nominee for both fiction and poetry and a finalist for the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction and the Italo Calvino Prize for Fabulist Fiction, Gerkensmeyer’s stories and poetry have appeared in American Short Fiction, Guernica, The Massachusetts Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, B O D Y, Hobart, and Cream City Review, among others. Her story “Ramona” was featured in a Huffington Post piece on flash fiction and also chosen for the 2014 Best of the Net Anthology. Gerkensmeyer was the 2012-13 Pen Parentis Fellow. She received her MFA in fiction from Cornell University and now lives with her family in Greencastle.    

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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