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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

 

Sabine Heinlein

 

Sabine Heinlein is a writer who explores the injustices and idiosyncrasies of American life through her immersion in the lives of those living on its fringes. Her first book, Among Murderers, which will be published by the University of California Press, is a work of literary nonfiction about three men navigating their new freedom after several decades in prison.  The book had its origins when she spent time with convicted murderers at a halfway house in New York City's West Harlem neighborhood.  Heinlein says the book "provides an intimate sketch of a rarely seen demographic and reveals a pressing public policy issue: more than 700,000 people are released from prisons each year, and these numbers are growing steadily." 

 

Heinlein is also at work on a collection of essays tentatively titled A Portrait of the Writer as a Rabbit that explores what life is like for "New York City's underdogs: unfunny clowns, sleepy mattress salesmen and unhinged fortunetellers."    

 

"While I strive to accurately portray 'how the other half lives,' I also believe that making myself an active part of the story adds to its meaning," Heinlein says.

 

Heinlein graduated from New York University with a master's degree in journalism in 2007.  She has been awarded a Yaddo residency and fellowship, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and a residency at The MacDowell Colony.  Most recently, one of her essays won the 2010 American Literary Review Nonfiction Award.  Her work has been featured or is forthcoming in The Idler, The Iowa Review, Tablet Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, and Die Zeit, among other publications. Heinlein teaches writing at Mount Saint Vincent College in the Bronx, New York.