Awards and other recognition
Solas Awards, Travel Writing, category silver, 2019 (Men’s travel)
Tucson Festival of Books 2017, nonfiction finalist
Grant, 2016 Post-grad Writers Conference, Vermont College of Fine Arts
Solas Awards, Travel Writing, category gold, 2016 (Men’s travel)
Solas Awards, Travel Writing, category gold, 2016 (Sea stories)
Solas Awards, Travel Writing, category silver, 2016 (Best Character)
Solas Awards, Travel Writing, Grand Prize Bronze, 2016
Featured Speaker, College of Creative Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2014
Authors’ Panel, CALM Authors’ Luncheon, March 2011
Tom Howard Non-fiction Contest (2010; travel memoir)
New Millennium Writings Non-fiction Contest (2009; memoir, poetry)
Margaret Reid Poetry Contest (three poems, 2009)
Tom Howard Poetry Contest (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.