MARCH RECIPIENTS

Fiona Taylor and Carrie Wittmer - New Erotica for Feminists - “Both light-hearted and empowering, New Erotica for Feminists—based off of the viral McSweeney’s piece of the same name—is a sly, satirical take on all the things that turn feminists on.”

Taylor and Wittmer, along with their two co-authors started their own indie-comedy site, The Belladonna. The original article that inspired this book was written to create some hype around the one year anniversary of the site.

APRIL RECIPIENT

Lincoln Michel - Upright Beasts - Twenty-one genre-bending stories of bestial transformation, accidental murder, erotically-challenged dictatorship, and other tales of darkness, absurdity, and confusion.

Michel‘s fiction has appeared in Granta, Oxford American, Tin House, NOON, Pushcart Prize anthology, and elsewhere. His essays and criticism have appeared in The New York Times, The Believer, Bookforum, Buzzfeed, Vice, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere.

MAY RECIPIENT

Ian Frisch - Magic is Dead - In the vein of Neil Strauss’ The Game and Joshua Foer’s Moonwalking with Einstein comes the fascinating story of one man’s colorful, mysterious, and personal journey into the world of magic, and his unlikely invitation into an underground secret society of revolutionary magicians from around the world.

Ian is a journalist, author, and documentary producer/consultant currently living in Brooklyn. He normally writes longform narrative and investigative features.

JUNE RECIPIENT

Michelle Fiordaliso - Everything You Needed to Know About Ex - In 1969, David Reuben, MD, published his groundbreaking book Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex*. Forty years later, we know plenty about sex. The thing we're so confused about, however, is what to do when the sex is over, and you're left with an Ex.

Michelle’s writing and films have won numerous awards including a PEN Center USA award for literary fiction and a gold plaque for best documentary short from The Chicago International Film Festival. Michelle has been published in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Self, The Huffington Post and more.

JULY RECIPIENT

Robin Beth Schaer - Shipbreaking - Robin Beth Schaer’s debut book of poetry, Shipbreaking, charts a beautiful and dangerous journey. It is an intimate and interstellar odyssey where seas rise, mastodons roam, aeronauts float overhead, bodies electrify, and a child is born as a ship wrecks in a hurricane.

Robin Beth Schaer was born and raised in New York. She received a B.A. in Religion from Colgate University and an M.F.A. in Writing from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Her work has appeared in Tin House, Bomb Magazine, Paris Review, Denver Quarterly, Washington Square, and Guernica, among others.

AUGUST RECIPIENT

Stephanie Schroeder - Headcase: LGBTQ Writers & Artists on Mental Health and Wellness - Headcase is a groundbreaking collection of personal reflections and artistic representations illustrating the intersection of mental wellness, mental illness, and LGBTQ identity, as well as the lasting impact of historical views equating queer and trans identity with mental illness.

Stephanie is a NYC-based writer and LGBTQ, arts, and mental health activist. Her work has been anthologized in the classic queer anthology "That's Revolting: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation,” along with many other anthologies. Her journalism has been featured in The Guardian, Brooklyn Magazine, Lambda Literary Review, Curve Magazine, Healthline, The Brooklyn Paper, and various other outlets.

SEPTEMBER RECIPIENT

Helon Habila - Travelers - A Nigerian graduate student who has made his home in America knows what it means to strike out for new shores. When his wife proposes that he accompany her to Berlin, where she has been awarded a prestigious arts fellowship, he has his reservations: "I knew every departure is a death, every return a rebirth. Most changes happen unplanned, and they always leave a scar."

Helon Habila was born in Nigeria. He has lived in Lagos, Norwich, New York, Washington DC, Berlin, and currently teaches creative writing at George Mason University in Virginia, USA. His writing has won the Caine Prize, the Commonwealth Prize (Waiting for an Angel), the Emily Balch Prize, the Virginia Library Foundation Fiction Prize (Measuring Time), and shortlisted for many others. In 2013 he edited the Granta Book of African Short Story. He is currently working on his fourth novel.