Miami Book Fair/The de Groot Foundation Announce 2017 Winners
Miami Dade College’s Miami Book Fair, in partnership with The de Groot Foundation, select Marci Vogel as the winner of the 2017 Miami Book Fair/de Groot Prize, awarded to an author for an unpublished novella. The two runners-up are Nicki Tulk and Branden Boyer-White.
Vogel will receive a $6,000 cash award, her novella, Death & Other Holidays, will be published by prominent independent publisher Melville House and will have a reading the 2018 Miami Book Fair. Death & Other Holidays is the story of April, a young woman who reconciles love with loss in 21st century Los Angeles.
Death & Other Holidays was chosen winner by inaugural MBF/de Groot Prize judge Jim Shepard, author of numerous story collections and novels, who said, “I found it wryly appealing and quietly moving, in its own minimalist way, as well as deftly constructed.”
Born in California, Vogel’s poetry, prose, translations, and cross-genre inventions appear in Jacket2, VIDA, Quarter After Eight, and FIELD, among other publications. She has a doctorate in creative writing and literature from the University of Southern California and is the recipient of a Willis Barnstone Translation Prize, a Hillary Gravendyk Scholarship from the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and the inaugural Howling Bird Press Poetry Prize for her collection, At the Border of Wilshire & Nobody.
“For all its compression, Death & Other Holidays has a long and circuitous history, and I’m over the moon to know it will finally spiral out into the world because of the Miami Book Fair /de Groot Prize,” said Vogel.
Nicki Tulk won for the novella Before the Rain, set in the Australian Outback, where a man is building an ark for an apocalypse of its own making, and Branden Boyer-White for Dice, a magic realist tale of a man caught at the crossroads in his marriage and life. Tulk and Boyer-White will each receive $3,000 and a chance to read/participate in a programs at the Fair.
“We’re thrilled with the quality of the submissions for this inaugural prize. Speaking with the winners reinforces how important this kind of recognition is for emerging writers,” said Charles and Clydette de Groot, founders of The de Groot Foundation.