The winner of the 2015 Distinguished NW Writer Award is Brian Doyle. This award recognizes noteworthy Northwest authors who have distinguished themselves by exceptional written work in various forms. Mr. Doyle is the author of several heartfelt and beautifully written novels, as well as many essays and poems. He is the editor of the Portland Magazine at the University of Portland, gives headlong inspirational talks about the craft of writing, and is always willing to answer questions and help other writers. Although originally from New York, his deep connection with the Northwest (much of his work is set in various locations in Oregon), makes Willamette Writers feel that he is truly deserving of this year’s Distinguished NW Writer’s Award.
From Brian Doyle’s bio:
Brian Doyle is the editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland – “the finest spiritual magazine in America,” says Annie Dillard.
He is the author of many books of fiction, essays, and ‘proems,’ among them the novels Mink River (set on the Oregon coast), and Martin Marten (set on Mount Hood). His nonfiction books The Grail (about a vineyard in Dundee) and The Wet Engine (about a Portland doctor) are also crammed with what the great Robin Cody has called “the Oregonness of it.”
He will be speaking at the Portland monthly meeting at The Old Church on July 7th at 7pm.
The winners of the Annual Awards are chosen by the Willamette Writers Board each spring. The 2015 award winners will be honored during an Awards Event at the Willamette Writers Conference on August 8th, 2015. For more information, and to purchase tickets, contact wilwrite[at]willamettewriters[dot]com or (503) 305-6729.