August 4, 2019

AWARDED PRIZE for Ethnographic Fiction and 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.”

The story will be published in a special section in the Society’s journal, Anthropology and Humanism.

This is such 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.

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.