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Celebrating Literary Brilliance: Our Authors’ Awards!

At the University of Alabama Press, we take immense pride in our commitment to fostering and disseminating knowledge through the written word. From academic works that push the boundaries of research to engaging trade books that captivate readers’ imaginations, our authors consistently demonstrate brilliance and dedication. This blog celebrates the remarkable achievements of these authors as they receive well-deserved recognition for their literary contributions. The spotlight shines not only on their individual achievements but also on the diversity of topics and genres that make up our rich collection.

Vi Khi Nao is recipient of the 2022 Jim Duggin’s PhD Prize for Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize. The nation’s largest award for an LGBTQ+ writer.

Vi Khi Nao is author of the short story collections A Brief Alphabet of Torture and The Vegas Dilemma, the novel Fish in Exile, and the poetry collection, A Bell Curve Is A Pregnant Straight Line.

Krysta Ryzewski is winner of the University of Mary Washington Center for Historic Preservation 2022 Book Prize and the 2023 James Deetz book award.

Krysta Ryzewski is associate professor of anthropology at Wayne State University. She is coauthor of An Archaeological History of Montserrat in the West Indies and coeditor of Contemporary Archaeology and the City: Creativity, Ruination, and Political Action.

Nathan Johnson, author of Architects of Memory: Information and Rhetoric in a Networked Archival Age is recipient of the 2022 NCA Philosophy of Communication Distinguished Book Award Winner.

Nathan R. Johnson is assistant professor of Rhetoric at the University of South Florida. His work has appeared in the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, Poroi, Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology and enculturation: A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture.

André Michaux in North America: Journals and Letters, 1785–1797, Translated from the French, Edited, and Annotated by Charlie Williams, Eliane M. Norman, and Walter Kingsley Taylor, is recipient of the 2022 Award of Excellence in History from The Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries.

André Michaux (1746—1802) was a French botanist and explorer most noted for his study of North American flora.
Charlie Williams is retired librarian at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library in North Carolina.
Eliane M. Norman is professor emerita of biology at Stetson University.
Walter Kingsley Taylor is professor emeritus of biology at the University of Central Florida.

Susan S. Neville’s The Town of Whispering Dolls is recipient of the 2022 Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award.

Susan Neville is professor of creative writing and Demia Butler Chair in English at Butler University. She is author of Invention of Flight: Stories, winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and In the House of Blue Lights, winner of the Richard Sullivan Prize in Short Fiction.

Polacos in Argentina: Polish Jews, Interwar Migration, and the Emergence of Transatlantic Jewish Culture by Mariusz Kalczewiak is recipient of the 2020 Best Book Award from the Latin American Jewish Studies Association

Mariusz Kałczewiak is senior research associate and lecturer in the Slavic Studies department at the University of Potsdam. His scholarship has appeared in American Jewish History, The New Ethnic Studies in Latin America, and Studia Judaica.

George Galphin’s Intimate Empire: The Creek Indians, Family, and Colonialism in Early America by Bryan C. Rindfleisch is recipient of the 2019 George C. Rogers Jr. Award from the South Carolina Historical Society

Bryan C. Rindfleisch is assistant professor of history at Marquette University. His work has been published in Early American Studies, Native South, The American Historian, Ethnohistory, and Journal of Early American History.

Tuscaloosa: 200 Years in the Making by G. Ward Hubbs is recipient of the Clinton Jackson Coley Award from the Alabama Historical Commission.

G. Ward Hubbs, professor emeritus at Birmingham-Southern College, is grateful to call Tuscaloosa home. He is the editor of Rowdy Tales from Early Alabama: The Humor of John Gorman Barr and author of Guarding Greensboro: A Confederate Company in the Making of a Southern Community and Searching for Freedom after the Civil War: Klansman, Carpetbagger, Scalawag, and Freedman.