Two faculty members in the English department, Emily Kendal Frey and Andrea Stolowitz, received Oregon Book Awards in April 2015.
Winner of the Stafford/Hall Award for Poetry was Emily Kendel Frey for her collection of poetry, Sorrow Arrow (Octopus Books). Fellow poet Dana Levin said: “Wily, witty and weird, often haunting, sometimes heartbreaking, [Frey’s] poems…dive deep, for all their individual brevity.”
Andrea Stolowitz’s Ithaka won the 2015 Angus L. Bowmer Award for Drama. The storyline follows a woman returning home from the war in Afghanistan. Her play, Stolowitz has said, is not so much about soldiers and war, but about friendship and what happens when those bonds are lost.
Frey and Stolowitz join Marylhurst’s growing list of Oregon Book Award winners. Jay Ponteri, director of Marylhurst University’s creative writing program, won of the Sarah Winnemucca Award for Creative Nonfiction award in 2014 for his memoir, Wedlocked.