Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Alumna Laura Dà Wins American Book Award

Laura Dà

Laura Dà

Presented by the Before Columbus Foundation

Published September 29, 2016

SANTA FE  – The Before Columbus Foundation recently announced the winners of the Thirty-Seventh Annual American Book Awards.  Among those named was poet and IAIA Alumna Laura Dà (Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma) ’99, for her book Tributaries, published by the University of Arizona press.

The American Book Awards were created to provide recognition for outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s diverse literary community. The purpose of the awards is to recognize literary excellence without limitations or restrictions.

There are no categories, no nominees, and therefore no losers.  The award winners range from well-known and established writers to under-recognized authors and first works. There are no quotas for diversity, the winners list simply reflects it as a natural process.

The Before Columbus Foundation views American culture as inclusive and has always considered the term “multicultural” to be not a description of various categories, groups, or “special interests,” but rather as the definition of all of American literature.  The awards are not bestowed by an industry organization,  but rather are a writers’ award given by other writers.

The winners will be formally recognized on Sunday, October 30, 2016 at the San Francisco Jazz Center.

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