Professor Alison Sainsbury has learned that she is one of seven finalists for the 2010 Katharine Bakeless Nason Prize in Non-Fiction. The annual competition is sponsored by the nation’s most famous writers’ conference, The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the winner will be announced in May, 2010. For non-fiction writers, it’s easily the highest-profile prize out there, and more than a hundred submissions were received this year
If chosen, Alison’s memoir, Lost River, will be published by Graywolf Press. Recently she read from Lost River at the second Tributaries‘ Faculty lecture series (photo: Tributaries) and moved the audience with her story of how she’s had to grapple with her father’s suicide in a reading that Tributaries editors described as “somber brilliance.” She teaches creative non-fiction at IWU and will offer a class on the lyric essay at the 300-level in fall 2010.