The 26th annual Nevada Writers Hall of Fame will welcome its newest inductee, University of Nevada, Reno distinguished history professor emeritus Richard O. “Dick” Davies, at this year’s ceremony from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14 at the University’s Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center. Christopher Coake, who was named “Best Young American Novelist” by GRANTA in 2007 and is a creative writing professor at the University and Tupelo Hassman, a graduate of Colombia University’s Master in Fine Arts Program and debut author of girlchild, a novel about a young girl growing up in a cluster of mobile homes outside of Reno, will receive this year’s Silver Pen Awards as emerging writers.
Nevada Writers Hall of Fame Award: Richard O. “Dick” Davies
Davies is considered one of the country’s finest sports historians. His Sports in American Life: A History is a textbook that is used in many college courses dealing with sports across the United States and in other countries. Rivals! The Ten Greatest American Sports Rivalries of the 20th Century is “a deeply researched, entertaining, and insightful look at the cultural and athletic underpinnings of 10 entrenched American sports rivalries, one that offers revelations for fans of any team,” fellow author Warren St. John, said.
Coake’s stories have been published in several literary journals and anthologized in Best American History Stories 2004 and The Best American Noir of the Century. A native of Indiana, Coake received his master of fine arts degree in creative writing from Ohio State University, a master of arts in creative writing from Miami University of Ohio, and a bachelor of arts in secondary education from Ball State University. He has been a member of the English faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno since 2005, where he teaches creative writing.
“Hassman is such a poised storyteller that her prose practically struts,” the New York Times said about her work. “Her words are as elegant as they are fierce.”
Hassman’s work has appeared in The Boston Globe, Harper’s Bazaar, Imaginary Oklahoma, The Independent, The Portland Review Literary Journal, sPARKLE & bLINK, We Still Like, ZYZZYVA, and by 100WordStory.org,
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