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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

 

Susan Parker

parkerA former elementary school teacher and bicycle-tour guide, Parker did not embark on a writing career until 1995, a year after her husband, Ralph, suffered a devastating bicycle accident.  Ralph was left with no movement below his shoulders, and Susan became his caretaker and the couple’s sole breadwinner.

In November 1998, the San Francisco Sunday Chronicle-Examiner published a 2,500 word essay by Parker about her new life.  Her crisp, understated style bearing no trace of self-pity struck a chord with readers.  After more of her writing appeared in Bay Area newspapers over the winter, Parker was invited to serve two stints as a substitute columnist at the Chronicle.  Her inaugural series of five columns, published the week of April 5-9, 1999, generated hundreds of e-mails, letters, and phone calls from the reading public demanding more stories from Parker.  Her work has been featured on the Chattahoochee Review, The Sun Magazine, Hope Magazine and the Great River Review.  Over 200 essays have appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, Chicago Tribute, San Jose Mercury News and the Denver Post.

Parker’s book, Tumbling After Pedaling Like Crazy After Life Goes Downhill, was published by Crown in the Spring 2002.  It has been described as a story about learning to accept change, finding kinship in unexpected places, discovering differences between people, and searching for and ultimately finding inner strength.  In December 2002 HBO optioned the screenrights to Tumbling After.

Parker currently reviews books for The San Francisco Chronicle and had a weekly column in the Berkeley Daily Planet.  She will enter the MFA Program in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University in the fall, 2003.