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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

 

Doug Hunt

 

Doug Hunt's essays examine a large subject close at hand: the city in which he lives.  "Columbia, Missouri, is a University town with pretensions to enlightenment, but it is also the capital of 'Little Dixie,'" Hunt says. Since 2003, he has been at work on a series of five narrative essays that walk the reader forward from Columbia's slavery era to present-day law enforcement.  In 2004, the Missouri Review published the first of these essays, "A Course in Applied Lynching," which recounts in harrowing detail the lynching of a man named James Scott at the edge of the University of Missouri campus in 1923.  The essay was listed as a "notable essay" in that year's Best American Essays.  Now self-published as a short book titled Summary Justice, the essay has been instrumental in bringing together a coalition of black and white Columbians who are re-examining Scott's lynching and placing a proper gravestone on his unmarked grave.  

 

Another group of essays that may lead to a second book illustrate Columbia's social history by focusing on three generations of its founding family, tracing the town's violent beginnings and its later attempts to turn away from social and physical violence and become more democratic and progressive.

 

Hunt's turn to the non-fiction essay followed a career in academia as a teacher of composition and the author of a successful series of textbooks with Houghton Mifflin (The Dolphin Reader, The Riverside Guide to Writing, The Riverside Anthology of Literature) and an ethnographic study of teaching and learning, Misunderstanding the Assignment.