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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

 

Nelson Smith

Nelson Smith's main interest is in the essay form, although he as also written satire, poetry, articles and war correspondence. His keenly observed and often wryly amusing essays have appeared in Harpers, The New York Times Magazine, The Baffler and The Sun, among other publications. "I favor topics involving architecture, urban history, and arcane branches of technology," Smith says. "I like scholarship and rummaging around in archives. People and crimes get into the mix too, as they will."

These interests have literally drawn Smith home. He is currently embarked on a nonfiction narrative on the social and architectural history of the small tenement building in Manhattan's East Twenties where he has lived for the past 20 years. "In writing about my building's history, my neighbors, and my own life here," notes Smith, "I am always led back to a question that continues to intrigue me. Why do people come to cities?" A section of this project previously earned Smith a Fellowship Grant in Creative Nonfiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts.