Paisley Rekdal, Department of English, was the 2016 AWP Award Series winner for Creative Non-fiction. The award was granted for her book The Broken Country: On Trauma, A Crime, and the Continuing Legacy of Vietnam. In beautifully rendered though unsparingly descriptive prose, Rekdal examines the larger scope of this war, most especially, the sheer number of people—refugees, immigrants, and natives alike—who were, as a result, permanently wounded and/or psychologically maimed.
The AWP, Assosociation of Writers and Writing Programs, provides support, advocacy, resources, and community to nearly 50,000 writers, 550 college and university creative writing programs, and 150 writers’ conferences and centers. Learn more aboutThe Broken Country as well as the AWP award series here.
Additionally, Paisley has a book of poems that will be coming out this fall called Imaginary Vessels with Copper Canyon. You can pre-order the book here.
Congratulations Paisley for these exciting achievements!