PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award

PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award

According to its website, PEN Oakland was founded in 1989 by Ishmael Reed, who came up with the idea, and co-founders Floyd Salas, Reginald Lockett and Claire Ortalda, in order to “promote works of excellence by writers of all cultural and racial backgrounds and to educate both the public and the media as to the nature of multi-cultural work.” [ [ PEN Oakland homepage] ] It affiliated with International PEN in 1990 and soon launched the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Awards for multicultural U.S. literature. In 1997, the association inaugurated its Literary Censorship Awards to protest censorship practices within the U.S. Although PEN Oakland unsuccessfully attempted to become the USA's third PEN center, the attempt did succeed in opening the doors for PEN Oakland to become a full chapter of the [ PEN Center USA] . PEN Oakland also introduced a resolution for more equitable media coverage of minorities and ethnic groups. The group also sponsored the Oakland Literature Expo portion of the City of Oakland’s Art & Soul Festival from 2001 through 2004.

Award Recipients

A partial list of winners of these awards includes: [ [ PEN Center USA website announcement] ]
*Elmaz Abinader
*Mumia Abu-Jamal
*Juvenal Acosta
*Opal Palmer Adisa
*Francisco X. Alarcon
*Alfred Arteaga
*Marsha Lee Berkman
*Eleanor Taylor Bland
*Phyllis Burke
*Jeffery Paul Chan
*Marilyn Chin
*Allen Cohen
*Lucha Corpi
*Kamau Daaood
*Mike Davis
*Chitra Divakaruni
*Wendy Doniger
*Nathan Englander
*Ibrahim Fawal
*Paul Flores
*Ruth Forman
*Maketa Groves
*Sam Hamill
*Peter J. Harris
*Joy Harjo
*Jack Hirschman
*Ghada Karmi
*Sylvia Lopez-Medina
*Michael McClure
*David Meltzer
*E. Ethelbert Miller
*John Mulligan
*Aldon Lynn Nielsen
*Louis Owens
*Robert Parry
*Jewell Parker Rhodes
*Brenda Lane Richardson
*Luis Rodriguez
*Jerome Rothenberg
*Suhayl Saadi
*Elaine Marcus Starkman
*Clyde R. Taylor
*Clifford E. Trafzer
*Gail Tsukiyama
*Ed Vega
*Jose Garcia Villa
*Alma Luz Villanueva
*Gerald Vizenor
*Sylvia Watanabe
*Derek Walcott
*Gary Webb
*Darryl Babe Wilson
*Koon Woon
*Clive Matson


See also

*List of African American writers
*List of Arab American writers
*List of Asian American writers
*List of Cuban American writers
*List of Jewish American authors
*List of Mexican American writers
*List of Native American writers
*List of Puerto Rican writers
*Before Columbus Foundation

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