Honors professor Annie Lampman Wins 2019 Dogwood Literary Prize in Fiction
National Book Award winner and fiction judge Phil Klay has chosen Annie Lampman’s story “Whom the Lion Seeks” as this year’s Fiction Prize Winner in the Dogwood Literary Prize. Lampman will receive $1,000 and her story will be published in Dogwood’s 2019 edition, due out in late May.
In his citation choosing Lampman’s story, Judge Phil Klay wrote, “‘Whom the Lion Seeks’ pulls no punches. It is a tough and gritty and richly observed story about hard physical labor, about prison life, about guilt and addiction and obsession. This makes it all the more powerful when notes of compassion, camaraderie, grace and beauty break through. It is a remarkable piece of writing in which the story of a prison fire-crew becomes invested with the weight of the main character’s whole history of trauma and loss and grasping attempts at recovery and redemption.”