Writing Awards

2013   Semi-finalist, Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest, Handless Maiden, a Lakota Mystery,1 in 100.

2012   Finalist, Hidden River Arts Novel Contest, The Handless Maiden, a Lakota Mystery, 1 in 16.

2011   Second Place, Fiction International, “The Black Cradleboard” (chapter 1 of a Lakota Mystery)

2010   Second Prize, Oregon Writers Colony, “Chi-chi Foretells the Sex of Alex Turning Hawk’s Baby”

2010   Finalist, Gribble Press; Semi-finalist, Many Mountains Moving, chapbook “Double-Face Woman”

2010   First Place, Fiction, Inscape, “Sixteen in the Badlands”

2009   Second Prize, Poetry, Oregon Writers Colony, “Villanelle for Selo”

2007   Second Prize, Nonfiction, Oregon Writers Colony, “Sixteen in the Badlands”

2006   Second Prize, Creative Nonfiction, Slab, “How I Ruined my Reputation on the Res”

2005   Grand Prize, Essay, Coast Impressions, “Stars in the Sea”

2005   Honorable Mention, Oregon Writers Colony, “Antidote to Despair”

2004   Honorable Mention, Oregon Writers Colony, memoir, “Parachuting”

2002   Oregon Literary Arts Council, William Stafford Fellowship Award, Creative Nonfiction

2002   First Place Willamette Writers, Creative Nonfiction, “I Met Selo Because” (memoir prologue)

2001   First Place, Willamette Writers, Creative Nonfiction, “How I Ruined My Reputation on the Res”

2001   Second Place, Oregon Writers Colony, Essay, “Legend of the Hubcap Lady”

2001   Honorable Mention, New Millennium Essay, “How I Ruined My Reputation on the Res”

2001 Oregon Literary Arts Award, Creative Nonfiction, “Belonging to the Black Crows”

2001 First Place, Willamette Writers, Creative Nonfiction, “How I Ruined My Reputation on the Res”

2001 Second Place, Oregon Writers Colony, Essay, “Legend of the Hubcap Lady”

2001 Honorable Mention, New Millennium Essay, “How I Ruined My Reputation on the Res”

1999 First Place, Essay, Willamette Writers, “Belonging to the Black Crows”

1999 First Place, OWC, essay, “Once I Lived Without Money, Yet I Was Not Poor”

1999 Honorable Mention, Writers at Work essay, “Dog-Killers”

1998 First Place, Essay, PNWC, “Dog-Killers” 1997 Second Place, Essay, PNWC, “Once I Lived Without Money, Yet I Was Not Poor”

1996 Nominated for Pushcart Prize: poem, “Wind Cave II: Time of Emergence”

1996 10th Place, Writers Digest essay, “Once I Lived Without Money, Yet I Was Not Poor”

1996 First Place, My Favorite Holiday Story, “The Fourth Wise One”

1996 Honorable Mention, New Millennium essay, “Fear of Knives”

1996 Honorable Mention, Side Show, novel excerpt, “Meeting the Professor”

1995 Walden Fellowship, Northwest Writing Institute, Portland, OR

1995 Honorable Mention, Eclectic Literary Forum poetry contest, “Double-Face Woman”

1995 Triple Finalist, Poetry, Essay & Picture Book, Pacific Northwest Writers Conference

1995 Second Place, Side Show short story, “Meeting Old Lady Coldwater”

1994 First Place, Poetry, Pacific Northwest Writers Conference (6 poems)

1994 Finalist, “Black Rock Woman,” Andres Berger awards & Side Show short story

1992 Third Place, Multicultural, PNWC, “The Bag Lady and the Black Rock”

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