Angela Palm wins the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize

Here’s some outstanding news for a Vermont author: Angela Palm, formerly of the Renegade Writer’s Collective, has won the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize, which comes with a publication date for her book and a nice advance.

Riverine by Angela Palm has been chosen as the newest winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize. The book was selected from hundreds of manuscripts by Graywolf editors and judge Brigid Hughes of A Public Space. In addition to a spring 2016 publication, the prize comes with a $12,000 advance.

Riverine is a bold portrait of girlhood, adolescence, and adulthood that explores growing up in a small river town in rural Indiana. Over a century ago the Kankakee river was forcibly straightened to make way for farmland, but it floods and returns to its old course every year. Like the river, the girls and women in Riverine are drawn back to their origins. For Angela Palm, this means visiting a prison where a lost love is serving a life sentence for murder. A mesmerizing map of one woman’s life, Riverine is a brilliant melding of hybrid essays that use narrative form as a way for Palm to discover if she’ll ever be able to move on, despite all she’s left behind.

We’ve read a bunch of Angela’s works before, and we can say that it’s well deserved. Read the entire announcement here.