2016 Oregon Book Awards Recognize PSU Students, Alumni, and Programs
Author: English Department
Posted: January 6, 2016

On January 6, 2016, Literary Arts announced the finalists for the 2016 Oregon Book Awards, as well as winners of 2016 Oregon literary fellowships. Honorees include Lily Brooks-Dalton, a current student in PSU's Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, who is a finalist for the 2016 Frances Fuller Victor Award for General Nonfiiction, and Matt Robinson (MFA '15), an alumnus who received the 2016 Leslie Bradshaw Fellowship in Fiction.

In addition to these recognized individuals, Ooligan Press, the student-run press operated by Portland State's graduate program in Book Publishing, received a 2016 Oregon Literary Fellowship for Publishing. Ooligan Press will be using its $3,000 Oregon Literary Fellowship to underwrite the publication of a history of jazz music in the Pacific Northwest. From the genesis of Jackson Street and Williams Avenue in the 1940s & ’50s featuring such legends as Ray Charles and Quincy Jones, to the modern voices of George Colligan, Rebecca Kilgore, and Esperanza Spalding, this book aims to illuminate the rich musical history of a region that, while not widely recognized as a jazz mecca, has its own exciting history of jazz music and musicians, as well as clubs, concerts, and festivals. Written by local musician, radio broadcaster, and author Lynn Darroch, Rhythm in the Rain serves to inform and entertain. The book is due to be published in February 2016.

Read more about the Oregon Book Awards.