Wyoming Arts Council

Hagy nominated for High Plains Book Award

From a UW press release:

A University of Wyoming professor has been nominated for a prestigious women’s writing award from the Zonta Club of Billings.

Alyson Hagy’s latest book, “Snow, Ashes,” is one of three finalists in the second annual Parmly Billings Library High Plains Book Awards. The winner will be announced Friday, Oct. 17, at the club’s banquet in Billings.

The High Plains book awards were established to recognize regional authors and literary works which examine and reflect life in Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

The Zonta Club of Billings is a member of Zonta International, a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women through service and advocacy.

In “Snow, Ashes,” Hagy reveals the intricacies of a profound friendship between two very different men in an engaging exploration of survival and failure.

Hagy has won numerous accolades for her writing, including a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the National Education Association and the Christopher Isherwood Foundation. Her work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Five Points and Shenandoah, among other publications.

Hagy’s first novel, “Keeneland,” was released in 2000. She also has written three collections of short stories.

An associate professor in the UW Department of English, Hagy earned a B.A. in English (1982) from Williams College and an M.F.A. in creative writing (‘85) from the University of Michigan.

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