The San Francisco Foundation Announces Literary Awardees; Signals Emergence of Remarkable Writers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Today, The San Francisco Foundation announced the winners of the distinguished Joseph Henry Jackson, James D. Phelan, and Mary Tanenbaum Literary Awards.
Each year, The San Francisco Foundation awards seven emerging writers who live in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, or San Mateo County for their outstanding work based on the submission of an unpublished manuscript in-progress.
This year’s awardees are: Indira Allegra, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Richard T. D’Elia, Jennifer Hasegawa, Vanessa Hua, Sylvia Linsteadt, and Juliana Delgado Lopera.
“The early phase of a writer’s career is when building support matter most,” said Tere Romo, Program Officer for Arts and Culture at The San Francisco Foundation. “Our Literary Awards have lifted up incredible writers who have shaped California’s literary landscape.”
The Jackson, Phelan, and Tanenbaum awards have been instrumental in the careers of winners, many of whom have gone on to national prominence, including U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine, former California Poet Laureate Al Young, Raymond Carver, Robert Duncan, Ernest Gaines, Lyn Hejinian, Jane Hirshfield, Dorianne Laux, Robert Vasquez, and more.
In addition to a $2,000 cash award, winning manuscripts are permanently housed at The Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley. Works of winners have also been brought together in an anthology, Writing Home: Award-Winning Literature from the New West, edited by Jackson Awardee Brian Bouldrey.
Awardees were selected by prominent Bay Area writers Lorna Dee Cervantes, Tisa Bryant, and Niels Hooper.
LEARN MORE ABOUT 2014 LITERARY AWARDEES:
Awarded the Joseph Henry Jackson Award, for the manuscript, Indigo Season
“Indigo Season is Indira Allegra’s powerfully nuanced exploration of language, flesh and psyche which culminates in an arresting sense of how poetry can be not only an embodied, lived experience, but is also often shaped by bodies, from skin to cellular memory, a relationship between form and content made all the more acute by queer sense and sensibility.” – Tisa Bryant
Ingrid Rojas Contreras
Awarded the Mary Tanenbaum Award, for the manuscript, All Good Science Fiction Begins This Way
“The disjointedness of time, the terror of injury, the mysteries of memory and of the self, are beautifully, at times hauntingly, rendered in All Good Science Fiction Begins This Way, and bodes well for the entire work.” – Tisa Bryant
Richard T. D’Elia
Awarded the Mary Tanenbaum Award, for the manuscript, What Keeps Us Here
“Richard T. D’Elia is a very promising poet with an interesting new voice with excellent use of language and rhythm as well as a good sense of form and imagery.” – Lorna Dee Cervantes
Awarded the Joseph Henry Jackson Award, for the manuscript, La Chica’s Field Guide for Banzai Living
“La Chica’s Field Guide to Banzai Living by Jennifer Hasegawa offers excellent poems with rich detail and lush language: a vivid voice searching for “home” as it’s written.” – Lorna Dee Cervantes
Awarded the James D. Phelan Award, for the manuscript, Loaves and Fishes
“As Vanessa Hua’s novel A River of Stars, features several characters whose lives intersect in unexpected ways, the chapter Loaves and Fishes examples Hua’s thoughtful use of themes, such as scandal, transit and redemption, to expand and dramatize the connections between Asian diasporic characters as complex, mobile and at turns hilariously and painfully human.” – Tisa Bryant
Listen to Vanessa read her work at the BreadLoaf Writers Conference
Awarded the James D. Phelan Award, for the manuscript, The Grey Fox Epistles
“Sylvia Linsteadt’s The Midwife of Temescal uses brilliantly conceived imagery that successfully connects with a cleverly paced juxtaposition of bodily birth and landscape reclamation, in a stunning fairy-tale, to immerse us in the watery margins of the Bay environment.” – Niels Hooper
Juliana Delgado Lopera
Awarded the Joseph Henry Jackson Award, for the manuscript, Fiebre Tropical
“Simultaneously introducing us to 15-year-old Magdalena after her displacement from Bogotá to Miami, Magdalena’s mother, Mami, and grandmother, la Mama, Fiebre Tropical renders the social destabilization of migration through multiple angles including the loss of social status, the boredom of loneliness, and the vivid stories of ritual, religion, and rebellion.” – Niels Hooper
Winners will read from their works on Thursday, Nov. 13 at The San Francisco Foundation from 6:30-8:00 p.m. The reading is free and open to the public.
The San Francisco Foundation’s Annual Literary Awards Reading
Join us in celebration of the 2014 Literary Award winners as they read from their award-winning manuscripts. The reading is free and open to the public.
2014 Awardees: Indira Allegra, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Richard T. D’Elia, Jennifer Hasegawa, Vanessa Hua, Sylvia Linsteadt, and Juliana Delgado Lopera.
Emceed by Aya de Leon
Thursday, November 13, 2014
The San Francisco Foundation
One Embarcadero Center, Suite 1400
San Francisco, CA 94111
Learn more at sff.org/litawards
About The San Francisco Foundation
The San Francisco Foundation (TSFF) is the community foundation serving the Bay Area since 1948, granting more than $808 million over the past ten years. Through the generosity and vision of our donors, both past and present, TSFF granted $86.8 million in fiscal year 2013. TSFF brings together donors and builds on community assets through grantmaking, leveraging, public policy, advocacy, and leadership development to make a greater impact in our community. By focusing on people, organizations, neighborhoods, and policy, advocacy and organizing, the Foundation addresses community needs in the areas of community health, education, arts and culture, community development, and the environment. In response to the economic downturn, TSFF is also focusing funding on safety net partners, job creation and training, and mortgage foreclosure relief and neighborhood preservation. The San Francisco Foundation serves San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, and San Mateo Counties.