August 4, 2019

AWARDED PRIZE for Ethnographic Creative Nonfiction

I won a 3rd place AWARD in the 2019 Ethnographic Fiction and Creative Nonfiction Writing Competition, sponsored by the Society for Humanistic Anthropology, a section of the American Anthropological Association (AAA). The award is for a memoir excerpt entitled “The Boiling Cauldron.” It is about my life-changing meeting with a powerful African diviner in Korhogo, Côte d’Ivoire. The opening line: “No one had ever mentioned his leprosy, and I was unprepared.”

This award is an incredible honor, and especially meaningful to me because it validates this, my first work of creative non-fiction, in advance of the publication of the full memoir, Ask for the Road.

“The Boiling Cauldron” was published in a special section in the Society’s journal, Anthropology and Humanism (vol. 45, no. 1).  For those with access to AAA publications or to Wiley you can read it online:

For more information about Ask for the Road, and to read another excerpt from that memoir, “Papa at the Window,” go to the “Creative Non-Fiction” page on the “Publications” pull-down menu on this website.