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Honoring Writers with Awards & Google Doodles: Your Lit News Roundup by Emily Ramser

The Neverending Story Gets 3D Google Doodle

Google honored The Neverending Story this past Thursday with one of its famous Google Doodles. It marks the 37th anniversary of Michael Ende’s children book. The Doodle includes five slides drawn by Sophie Diao that feature several scenes from the story.

In keeping with Google’s theme of honoring writers, this week has been filled with several awards that mark the talent and dedication of writers worldwide.

Missouri Librarian Wins Prominent Poetry Fellowship

A high school librarian by the name of Alison C. Rollins, 29, has been awarded the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship. Rollins hopes to change “the idea of what a career in poetry looks like” by continuing to write while pursuing a master’s degree in library science from the University of Illinois-Urbana. The other winners of the Ruth Lilly fellowships are Kaveh Akbar of Florida, Jos Charles of Arizona, Angel Nafis of New York, and Javier Zamora of California.

Memphis Fiction Writer Wins $30,000 2016 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award

Jamey Hatley has been honored with the 2016 Rona Jaffee Foundation Award. The award is given annually to six women writers who show particular promise in the early stages of their careers. The other 2016 recipients are Airea D. Matthews, Asako Serizawa, Ladee Hubbard, Danielle Geller, and Lina María Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas.

FLOTUS to Honor 2016 National Student Poets

Each year, five high school poets are selected from around the country for their ability to write and perform poetry. Here are this year’s poets:

  • Stella Binion, Chicago, IL (Midwest Region)
  • Maya Eashwaran, Alpharetta, GA (Southeast Region)
  • Gopal Raman, Dallas, TX (Southwest Region)
  • Joey Reisberg, Towson, MD (Northeast Region)
  • Maya Salameh, San Diego, CA (West Region)

These five poets will be recognized by First Lady Michelle Obama on Sept. 8 at a reception in the White House.

In another part of a world, an even younger poet is being honored.

5-year-old Australian Girl Wins National Poetry Prize

Esha Jabbal has won the Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Award. She was selected in a tough competition with over 2,500 submissions, and many of the other competitors were twice her age. The poem tells the story of a gold and white dingo running across the outback, eating animals, and then resting under a gum tree. Jabbal wrote the poem, “Dingo,” by dictating it to her teacher over several weeks. For the award, Jabbal received a trophy and $300.


Emily Ramser is an undergraduate studying English, Creative Writing, and Religion at Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in English and Creative Writing, and is expected to graduate in May of 2017. Some of her inspirations include Thornton Wilder, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Bhanu Kapil, Andrea Gibson, Gabriel Gudding, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Gail Simone, and Alfred Lord Tennyson. Check out her black out poetry collectionI Forgot How to Write When They Diagnosed Me. You can find more of her work at her blog.

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