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Richard J Margolis Award

About Richard J. Margolis

Career Highlights

selected articles

Selected New Leader Columns

Reports & Monographs

Op-Ed Pieces & Book Reviews

 

Past Winners

2016
David Denver Robinson

 

2015
Daniel Hernandez

 

2014
Blaire Briody

 

2013
Patrick Arden

 

2012
Inara Verzemnieks

 

2011
Sabine Heinlein

 

2010
Doug Hunt

 

2009
Joe Wilkins

 

2008
Gabriel Thompson

 

2007
Stephanie Griest

 

2006
Marie myung-ok lee

 

2005
Kisha Lewellyn

 

2004
Nelson smith

 

2003
John Bowe

 

2002
Iyesatta Massaquoi

 

2001
Otis Haschemeyer

 

2000
Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

 

1999
Susan Parker

 

1998
Laura Distelheim

 

1997
Julie Lasky

 

1996
E.J. Graff

 

1995
Josip Novakovich

 

1994
Maggie Dubris

 

1993
Judith Levine

 

1992
Richard Manning

 

Laura Distelheim

When she won the ward in 1998, Laura Distelheim was writing Grace Notes, a collection of profiles of people who had found the strength to overcome the challenges of poverty, illness, displacement, discrimination and persecution. Her essay "On Ruthie" was forthcoming in DoubleTake Magazine.  And in 1997 she received a grant from the Barbara Demming/Money for Women Fund for her work.

Her work has appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including the North American Review, Creative Nonfiction, Pleiades, The Florida Review, New Millenium Writings, International Quarterly, Calyx and Whetstone.

Since winning the Margolis Award, Distelheim has been the recipient of a number of awards and fellowships, including an Illinois Arts Council Artist's Fellowship Award (2001), the Mary Rinehart Award for Nonfiction (2000), the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society Medal (2001), the Florida Review Editor's Award for Nonfiction (2002), and the New Millenium Writings Award for Nonfiction (2002).

Ms. Distelheim is a graduate of Harvard Law School, but does not practice law due to a chronic illness. "Winning this award has been a huge goal for me.  I use writing as a way to help people who would have been my clients.  I hoped to receive the Margolis Award because of its commitment to social justice.  For me this is a tremendous honor and personal achievement."