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An annual Hawaii writing residency honoring writer Barry Lopez, and emphasizing a spirit of social responsibility.
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First Fellow Announcement

Posted by Frank Stewart and Debra Gwartney (Creator)

Dear Friends, 

Thank you again, heartily, for making this program a reality. 

Warmly and happy holidays, 

Debra and Frank

Announcing the Recipient of the Barry Lopez Visiting Writer in Ethics and Community Fellowship 

Seattle-based fiction writer Ann Pancake has been selected to receive the first Barry Lopez Visiting Writer in Ethics and Community Fellowship. 

The fellowship was established in 2015 to honor Barry Lopez on his 70th birthday, in recognition of his long career as an author whose work addresses the fundamental crisis of our times: the disintegration of dignified and ethical relationships among human beings, and between humanity and the natural world.

 Ann Pancake is the author of the novel Strange as This Weather Has Been, and two short story collections: Given Ground and the recently published Me and My Daddy Listen to Bob Marley. She has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in fiction, the Katherine Nason Bakeless Fellowship from BreadLoaf, and the prestigious Whiting Award, among other prizes and awards. 

Set in Hawai‘i, the fellowship provides several weeks of solitude and support in a quiet environment for the writer to work on a project of her choosing. The recipient of the fellowship will participate in outreach events and present a public talk at the University of Hawai‘i, Mänoa, on the social responsibility of the contemporary writer. 

There is no application process for the award. Fellows are nominated and chosen by a committee of editors and writers. In addition to Barry Lopez, this year’s selection committee included writer Debra Gwartney, poet Jane Hirshfield, writer Pico Iyer, and Frank Stewart, editor of Mänoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing. The fellowship and the public presentation are sponsored by the Mänoa Foundation of Honolulu. 

For more information, contact Debra Gwartney: a 501(c)(3) charitable organization 

 Ann Pancake grew up in Romney and Summersville, West Virginia. Her latest short story collection, Me and My Daddy Listen to Bob Marley, was released by Counterpoint Press in February 2015. Her first novel, Strange As This Weather Has Been (Counterpoint 2007), features a southern West Virginia family devastated by mountaintop removal mining. Based on interviews and real events, the novel was one of Kirkus Review's Top Ten Fiction Books of 2007; it also won the 2007 Weatherford Award and was a finalist for the 2008 Orion Book Award. Pancake’s collection of short stories Given Ground won the 2000 Bakeless award. She has also received a Whiting Writers Award, an NEA Grant, a Pushcart Prize, and creative writing fellowships from the states of Washington, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Her fiction and essays have appeared in journals and anthologies such as The Georgia Review, Poets and Writers, Narrative, and New Stories from the South. She earned her BA in English at West Virginia University and a PhD. in English Literature from the University of Washington. She lives in Seattle and teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University. 

“In her unflinching and lovingly accurate attention to the lives of the working poor, people who have fallen entirely beneath the radar of our literary notice, [Ann Pancake] occasionally calls to mind the haunting photographs of Walker Evans . . . but I don't think there's anyone else like Ann in American letters.” —Dan Chaon

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