Nevada Writers Hall of Fame
2012 Writers Hall of Fame
About the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame
Nevada Writers Hall of Fame was conceived by former Friends' of the University Library President Marilyn Melton in 1988. She envisioned two purposes: an annual event honoring Nevada's finest writers, and a stimulus to encourage excellence among emerging writers in the Silver State.
The first selection committee met at Marilyn's home and chose Robert Laxalt and Walter Van Tilburg Clark to be the recipients. Since that time the Hall of Fame has become an annual event. Including the 2012 inductee, there are now 48 members of the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame.
The names of all of the authors who have been inducted into the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame are now prominently displayed on a wall of honor in the Tower Entrance and Reception Gallery of the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center.
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2011 Nevada Writers Hall of Fame photo gallery.
William A. Douglass - 2012 Nevada Writers Hall of Fame Inductee
William A. Douglass (BA, Spanish, '61) was born and raised in Reno, Nevada. After receiving his BA from the University of Nevada and his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, in 1967 he founded the Basque Studies Program (now the Center for Basque Studies) at the University of Nevada.
Douglass served as the Coordinator for the Center of Basque Studies for over 33 years, building the largest Basque library in the Western Hemisphere and becoming one of the world's leading experts in Basque Studies. He also edited the Basque Book Series (about 50 titles in print) of the University of Nevada Press. Douglass's publication list is lengthy and includes his major book Amerikanuak: Basques in the New World (1975, with Jon Bilboa), as well as the oral histories Beltran, Basque Sheepman of the American West (1979) and Tap Dancing on Ice: The Life and Times of a Nevadan Gaming Pioneer (1996) about his father, one of the founding partners of Reno's Club Cal Neva and the Comstock Hotel-Casino. His book, Casting About in the Reel World: Fishing on the Fly (2002), is a collection of fishing stories from the bonefishing flats of the Pacific nuclear-testing ground of Bikini Atoll, to the tiamen rivers of Outer Mongolia.
Elizabeth Raymond - 2012 Silver Pen Recipient
Elizabeth Raymond is a cultural historian of place, who teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in U. S. history at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her research interests are interdisciplinary and include American landscape and sense of place, American regionalism, and American women's history.
She is the author or editor of three books: George Wingfield: Owner and Operator of Nevada (1992); with Peter Goin, Stopping Time: A Rephotographic Survey of Lake Tahoe (1992); and with co-editor Ronald James, Comstock Women: The Making of a Mining Community (1997). Her most recent book, Changing Mines in America (2004), is an interdisciplinary study—with landscape photographer Peter Goin–of the physical and cultural legacies of mining in the U.S. Currently the two are collaborating on a study of photographer Arthur Rothstein's 1940 images of Nevada.
Claire Vaye Watkins - 2012 Silver Pen Recipient
Claire Vaye Watkins was born in Bishop, California in 1984. She was raised in the Mojave Desert, first in Tecopa, California and then across the state line in Pahrump, Nevada.
Her stories and essays have appeared in Granta, One Story, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, Best of the West 2011: New Stories From the Wide Side of the Missouri, and elsewhere. A graduate of the University of Nevada Reno, Claire earned her MFA from the Ohio State University, where she was a Presidential Fellow. She teaches creative writing at Bucknell University and the Sewanee Young Writers' Conference and is the co-director, with Derek Palacio, of the Mojave School, a non-profit creative writing camp for rural Nevadans. Her collection of short stories, Battleborn, was released by Riverhead Books on August 2, 2012.
Nevada Writers Hall of Fame Members
2012 - William A. Douglass
2011 - Waddie Mitchell
2010 - Darrell Spencer
2009 - H. Lee Barnes, The Sagebrush School
2008 - Sally Denton
2007 - Emma Sepulveda, Douglas Unger
2006 - Ann Ronald
2005 - Phyllis Barber, Richard Wiley
2004 - William L. Fox, Hal Rothman
2003 - Dave Hickey, John Irsfeld
2002 - Tom Meschery
2001 - Morris Brownell, Robert Gorrell, Rollan Melton
2000 - Bernard Schopen, Sally Zanjani
1999 - Adrian Louis, Joanne Meschery
1998 - Frank Bergon, Russell Elliott, Mark Twain
1997 - James Hulse, Idah Meacham Strobridge
1996 - Barbara Land, Myrick Land, Nell Murbarger
1995 - Ann Herbert Scott, Alfred Doten
1994 - Kirk Robertson, Dan De Quille
1993 - Stephen S.N. Liu, Sarah Winnemucca
1992 - A. Wilber Stevens, Lucius Beebe
1991 - Wilbur Shepperson, Will James
1990 - Hart Wegner, Virginia Coffman, Charlton Laird
1989 - Sessions Wheeler, Joanne de Longchamps
1988 - Walter Van Tilburg Clark, Robert Laxalt
Silver Pen Award
The Silver Pen Award was established as part of the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame in 1996 to recognize writers who are in mid-career, but have already shown substantial achievement. It is seen as a way of both honoring this talent and also encouraging other writers, both emerging and in mid-career. As Nevada writers, it is hoped that through outstanding work they would one day be inducted into the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame.
Silver Pen Award Recipients
2012 - Elizabeth Raymond, Claire Vaye Watkins
2011 - David Philip Mullins, Matthew O'Brien
2010 - Terri Farley, John L. Smith
2009 - Charles Bock, Robert Leonard Reid
2008 - Don Waters
2007 - Richard Moreno, Willy Vlautin
2006 - Ellen Hopkins, Susan Palwick
2005 - Donald Revell, David Winkler
2004 - Aliki Barnstone, Clay Straus Jenkinson
2003 - Sally Denton
2002 - Carolyn Dufurrena, Gregory Martin
2001 - Claudia Keelan, Steven Nightingale
2000 - nila northSun, Emma Sepulveda
1999 - Linda Hussa, Gailmarie Pahmeier
1998 - Shaun Griffin
1997 - William Fox, Gary Short
1996 - Teresa Jordan, Douglas Unger