Awards and Honours

15th Annual Solas Awards, 2021, Bronze: Adventure Travel
15th Annual Solas Awards, 2021, Bronze: Food & Travel
Lunnate 500 Competition 2020: 2nd place
13th Annual Solas Awards, 2019: Silver Medal, Men’s Travel
2018 Sheridan Anderson Short Story Contest, 2nd Place
Tucson Festival of Books, 2017, finalist, nonfiction
Writing Scholarship 2016, VCFA Post-grad Writers Conference
Editor’s Choice, Traveler’s Tales, 2016
10th Annual Solas Awards, 2016:
–  Gold Medal: Men’s Adventure
–  Gold Medal: Sea Stories
–  Silver Medal, Most Memorable Character
–  Grand Prize, Third Overall
2014 Lecture UCSB College of Creative Studies
2014 Pushcart Nomination: review of Kofi Awoonor’s The Promise of Hope
Tom Howard Non-fiction Contest H.M. (2010; travel memoir)
New Millennium Writings Non-fiction Contest (2009; memoir)
Margaret Reid Poetry Contest award (2009)
Tom Howard, Poetry Contest award (2007)

The early awards were a great encouragement, and the prose work I did from 2010-15 led to four travel-writing awards in a single 2016 competition.

Renowned poet and creative writing professor Christopher Buckley gets credit for any disciplines I show in practice and perseverance; he arranged my invitation to the College of Creative Studies. With the help of Ellen Lesser and upstreet’s Vivian Dorsel, I was awarded a grant to the 2016 Post-graduate Writers Conference, Vermont College of Fine Arts.