congratulations, winners!

October 16, 2017

Congratulations to the winners of the Washington State Book Awards:

  • Poetry – My, My, My, My, My by Tara Hardy (Seattle)
  • Biography/memoir – An Earlier Life by Brenda Miller (Bellingham)
  • Fiction – Daredevils by Shawn Vestal (Spokane)
  • History/general nonfiction – Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens by Steve Olson (Seattle)
  • Picture book – Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie (Seattle), illustrated by Yuyi Morales
  • Young readers (ages 6 to 8) – Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton (Tacoma)
  • Middle readers (ages 9 to 12) – Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart (Cashmere)
  • Young adults (ages 13 to 18) – Useless Bay by M.J. Beaufrand (Seattle)

See the complete list of finalists here.


The Washington Center for the Book (a partnership of The Seattle Public Library and Washington State Library) has announced the finalists for the 2017 Washington State Book Awards. Categories include poetry, fiction, biography/memoir, history/general nonfiction, and several categories of youth books. See the complete list of finalists in The Seattle Times and mark your calendar for the awards celebration on Saturday, October 14, 2017, at the Seattle Public Library. Congratulations to Washington’s prolific writers.

Congratulations, finalists!

September 11, 2015

Washington State Book AwardsThe Washington Center for the book has just announced their finalists for the 2015 Washington State Book Awards. The poets include Kelli Russell Agodon, the late Kim-An Lieberman, Tod Marshall and Red Pine. The winners will be announced at a 7:00pm reading on Saturday, October 10, 2015, in the Microsoft Auditorium of the Seattle Public Library. See the full list of finalists in Mary Ann Gwinn’s article in The Seattle Times.

SPL Washington Center for the BookThe Washington Center for the Book at The Seattle Public Library has announced the finalists for the 2014 Washington State Book Awards. Books are considered in several categories: fiction, poetry, biography/memoir, history/general nonfiction and four groups of children’s books.

The winners will be announced at a free, public event on Friday, October 10, 2014, at the Central Library. The evening event will include readings, music, book sales and signings.

We congratulate this year’s poetry finalists:

See the complete list of finalists and more information about the Washington State Book Awards.


September 10, 2013

Plume by Kathleen FlennikenCongratulations to Washington state Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken, whose book of poems, Plume, has been selected for the 2013 Washington State Book Award in poetry.

See the complete list of this year’s winners in the Seattle Times.

2012 Washington State Book Awards for Poetry

In case you missed the news while you were vacationing in early September, The Washington Center for the Book at the Seattle Public Library has announced the winners of the Washington State Book Awards (formerly the Governor’s Writers Awards), given for outstanding books published by Washington authors the previous year.

This year’s poetry winner is Christine Deavel, for her book Woodnote (Bear Star Press).

Poetry Finalists are Elizabeth Austen, Every Dress a Decision (Blue Begonia Press); Arlene Kim, What Have You Done to Our Ears to Make Us Hear Echoes? (Milkweed Editions); Katrina Roberts, Underdog (University of Washington Press); and Martha Silano, The Little Office of the Immaculate Conception (Saturnalia Books). Congratulations to the poets! For winners in other categories, see the Seattle Public Library’s announcement.

You are invited to party with the winning poets and their fans at Richard Hugo House in Seattle at 7pm, Wednesday, October 3, 2012.

Frances McCue ~ Bled ~ coverThe Washington State Book Awards were announced this week and the poetry prize went to Frances McCue for her book The Bled (Factory Hollow Press). Given annually, the Award recognizes outstanding books published by Washington authors the previous year.

McCue was living in Marrakech, Morocco, when her husband, Gary Greaves, died unexpectedly in 2009. This book is based on that experience. You can hear a poem from The Bled, “Console, Preacher, Console,” read by McCue’s friend and fellow poet, Colleen McElroy, here, courtesy of KUOW, and read two other poems from the book here (PDF, Adobe Reader required). You can order The Bled from the publisher or your local independent bookstore.

McCue’s book also won The Grub Street Book Prize and another of her books, also published last year, The Car That Brought You Here Still Runs (University of Washington Press), was a nonfiction/history finalist for the Washington State Book Award. McCue, who calls herself an Arts Instigator, lives in Seattle and is a writer in residence at the University of Washington honors college.

Washington State Book Award finalists for poetry included Kelli Russell Agodon’s Letters from the Emily Dickinson Room, Susan Rich’s The Alchemist’s Kitchen and Oliver de la Paz’s Requiem for the Orchard. Congratulations one and all!

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