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2017 Hefner Heitz Kansas Book Award in Fiction (2018 in Creative Nonfiction, 2019 in Poetry)

Congratulations to Andrew Malan Milward, winner of this year's Hefner Heitz Kansas Book Award! This year's award ceremony will be held in Mabee Library on Tuesday, April 11th at 4:00 p.m.

Andrew Malan Milward grew up in Lawrence, Kansas, and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He is the author of the story collections The Agriculture Hall of Fame, which was awarded the Juniper Prize in Fiction, and I Was a Revolutionary, which was awarded the Friends of American Writers Literature Award. He has served as the McCreight Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin, a Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State University, and has received fellowships and awards from the Lannan Foundation, Jentel, and Yaddo. He is an assistant professor of English at Auburn University, where he also serves as the fiction editor of Southern Humanities Review.

Judge Grant Tracey's thoughts on this year's winner:

I Was a Revolutionary: Stories by Andrew Malan Milward, is a polyvocal text, both across and even within stories, mixing sensibilities from first and third-person perspectives, and creating a host of imagined probabilities as we experience Kansas history through the eyes of Quantrill, Exodusters, the Populist movement, the Goat-gland doctor, a college professor trying to write a proposal for her second book, the black power movement, and a failed revolutionary. With haunting eloquence, “Good Men a Long Time Gone” plays with the variables of Dodge City and the Old West, replacing the triumvirate of Wyatt Earp, a game of faro, and the shootout at the OK Corral with meat packers, a game of pool, and a knife fight in a back alley. This collection makes us re-think and appreciate the rich history of Kansas, doing for the 34th star what Bernard Malamud did for New York and John Steinbeck did for California. Poignant and exquisite.”

The Hefner Heitz Kansas Book Award "in Poetry" "in Fiction" and "in Creative Nonfiction" alternates yearly for each genre. The 2017 Hefner Heitz Kansas Book Award is for Best Work of Fiction, and will be judged by Grant Tracey. The prize, of $1,000, will be awarded to a book that meets the guidelines below, and the winner will be invited to Washburn University's Mabee Library in the Spring of 2017 for a reading and presentation ceremony.

Behind the name: Learn more about the Hefner Heitz Kansas Book Award.

This award is sponsored by the Center for Kansas Studies, the Thomas Fox Averill Kansas Studies Collection at Mabee Library and the Friends of Mabee Library.

Grant Tracey is Professor or English at the University of Northern Iowa, where he teaches film and creative writing, and has been the fiction editor of the North American Review for over fifteen years. He has published nearly fifty short stories, four collections of fiction, and articles on Samuel Fuller and James Cagney. His collections are Lovers & Strangers, Parallel Lines and the Hockey Universe, Playing Mac: A Novella in Two Acts and Other Scenes, and the most recent Final Stanzas. A three-time nominee for a Pushcart Prize, Grant was the recipient of an Iowa Regents Award for Faculty Excellence in 2013. His crime novel, Cheap Amusements, set in 1965 Toronto, is forthcoming from Twelve Winters Press.

The Thomas Fox Averill Kansas Studies Collection is an eclectic, inclusive set of materials dedicated to the study of Kansas literature through the state’s folklore, history, geography, flora, fauna, social fabric and culture. The holdings include novels, plays, collections of poetry and fiction, histories, biographies, memoirs, letters, scholarly articles, collected folklore, manuscripts and ephemera gathered over 40+ years. The collection is building an inclusive and exhaustive body of work dedicated to encouraging the reading and writing of Kansas Literature, as well as being a home for researching and writing about Kansas Literature and Culture.