Part of the pleasure of receiving the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Book Award for 1996 is that I can now think of myself as an honorary citizen of Oakland, not a sister-city, but a West Coast mate to Brooklyn, my old place.
— Norman Mailer

PEN Oakland Awards & Winners

JOSEPHINE MILES AWARD:

2019 - The Overstory by Richard Powers, When They Call You A Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi, and Patrisse Khan-Cullors, A Distant Center by Ha Jin, Lucky Man by Jamel Brinkley, Frederick Douglas: Prophet of Freedom by David Blight, Be About Beauty by Kalamu ya Salaam, Black Steel Magnolias in the House of Chaos Theory (Nomadic Press) by James Cagney, Southern Migrant Mixtape - Vernon Keeve III, 2018, Nomadic Press, Berlin by Jason Lutes (Drawn and Quarterly, Farrar Straus and Giroux, NY, 2019)

2018 - Tongo Eisen-Martin, Heaven is All Goodbyes (City Lights Books), Jerome Rothenberg, Technicians of the Sacred: A Range of Poetries from Africa, America, Asia, Europe and Oceania (University of California Press), Percival Everett, So Much Blue (Graywolf Press), Andrew Sean Greer, Less (Lee Boudreaux Books), Julie Lythcott-Haims, Real American (Henry Holt & Co.), Paul Ortiz, An African American and Latinx History of the United States (ReVisioning American History) (Beacon Press), M.L. Liebler, Heaven was Detroit: From Jazz to Hip Hop and Beyond (Wayne State University Press)

2017 - Him Me and Muhammed Ali by Randa Jarrar; Paul Robeson: The Artist as Revolutionary (Revolutionary Lives) by Gerald Horn; Dear Animal, Poems by MK Chavez (Nomadic Press); White Trash by Nancy Isenberg; Chance Encounters and Walking Dreams Poems and Prose of Francisco Ferrer Lerin, selected and translated by Arturo Mantecón; Red Indian Road West: Native American Poetry from California edited by Kurt Schweigman and Lucille Lang Day; Writing to Save a Life: The Louis Till File by John Edgar Wideman; A King of Freedom by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

2016 - Elizabeth Alexander, Ta Nehisi Coates, Frances Gateward, Latif Harris, Juan Felipe Herrera, John Jennings, Gerald Vizenor

2015 - Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Peter Harris, Deborah A. Miranda, E. Ethelbert Miller, Lenelle Moise, Claudia Rankine, Natasha Trethewey

2014 – Daniel Chacon, Edwidge Danticat, Claudia Moreno Pisano, Roger Reeves, Nina Serrano, Akinyele Omowale Umoja

2013 – Andrew Lam, Luis J. Rodriguez, Denise M. Sandoval, Lucille Lang Day, Toni Morrison, Tim Seibles, Christopher Wagstaff

2012 – Melinda Palacio, Michael Warr, Aurora Harris, Deena Metzger, Ed Sanders, Mary Mackey, Jesmyn Ward

2011 – Devreaux Baker, N. Baner-jee, J.P. Dancing Bear, John Farris, Jim Harrison, S. Kaipa, Lola, Shoneyin, Barry Spector, P Sundaralingam, Susan Suntree, Gary Synder, Eric Miles Willamson

2010 – Clifton Ross, Elizabeth Nunez, Etel Adnan, Manuel Ruben Delgado, Andrena Zawinski, Maria Espinosa, Mitch Horowitz, Ivan J. Houston

2009 – Doren Robbins, Charles L. Robinson & Al Young, Herbert Gold, Janice Blue, C. Paolo Caruso, Richard Bruce Nugent

2008 – Joanne Kyger, Rosa Martha Villarreal, Rebecca Solnit, Juan Felipe Herrera, Colleen J. McElroy, Cecil Brown, Colson Whitehead

2007 – Will Alexander, Karla Andersdatter, Kathleen de Azevedo, Steve Dalchinsky, Adam P. Kennedy, William Poy Lee, Lorena Oropeza & Dionne Espinoza, Harriet A. Washington

2006 – David Hilliard, Mike Madison, Gerald Haslam, Eric Gansworth, Jennifer Murphy, Mona Lisa Saloy, Richard Silberg, A.D. Winans

2005 – David Meltzer, Neeli Cherkovski, Derek Walcott, Jeffery Paul Chan, Suhayl Saadi, Aldon Lynn Nielson

2004 – Edgardo Vega, Noemi Sohn, Lewis Robinson, Monique Truong, Jill Nelson, Fred Reiss

2003 – Clive Matson & Allan Cohen, Gail Tsukiyama, Paul Flores, Ghada Karmi, Jack Hirschman, Luis  J. Rodriguez, Jewel Parker Rhodes

2002 – A.Van Jordon, Nathalie Handal, Myronn Hardy, Agha Shahid Ali, Charles Rubin

2001 – Mary Monroe, Dan Leone, Yehuda Amichai, Leza Lowitz, Leslie Marmon Silko, Jervey Tervalon

2000 – Jose Garcia Villa, Elmaz Abinader, Wendy Doniger, Rabbi Alan Lew, Nathan Englander, Eleanor Taylor Bland

1999 – Darryl Babe Wilson, Mike Davis, Elaine Marcus Starkman & Marsha Lee Berkman, Ruth Forman, Koon Woon, Clyde P. Taylor

1998 – John Mulligan, Ibrahim Fawal, Alfred Arteaga, Leslie Woodd, Marketa Groves

1997 – devorah major, Percival Everett, Julie Shigekuni, Michael Lally, Kevin Killian, Ray Gonzalez

1996 – Gerald Vizenor, Jerome Rotenberg & Pierre Joris, Norman Mailer, Reginald Lockett, Barbara Guest, Chitra Divakaruni

1995 – Alma Luz Villanueva, E. Ethelbert Miller, Michael McClure, Marilyn Chin, Juvenal Acosta

1994 – Peter J. Harris, Phyllis Burke, Brenda Lane Richardson, Clifford E. Trafzer, Russell Leong, Jerome Rothenberg, Paula Woods, Felix Liddell

1993 – Francisco X. Alarcon, Opal Palmer Adisa, Lucha Corpi, Sylvia Lopez-Medina, Louis Owens, Sylvia Watanabe

1992 – Luis J. Rodriguez, David Mura,  Louis Edwards, Thomas King, David Ignatow, Julia Alvarez

*1991 – Gerald Vizenor, Jess Mowry, Li-Young Lee, Gerald Haslam, Joy Harjo, Gerald Stern

 

GARY WEBB CENSORSHIP AWARD:

2019 -  Kim Shuck 

2018 - The Honorable Libby Schaaf

2016 - Museum of the African Diaspora

2015 - Lincoln Bergman

2014 – Abraham Bolden

2013 – Chris Hedges

2012 – Alexander Cockburn

2011 – WikiLeaks & Carole Simpson

2010 – Richard Prince

2009 – Jefferson Morely

2008 – Project Censored

2007 – Greg Palast

2006 – Bill Moyers

2005 – Kitty Kelley

2004 – George Julius Theodule

2003 – Sam Hamill

2002 – Barbara Lee

2001 – William Mandel, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Daniel Hernandez

2000 – Robert Parry

1999 – Mumia Abu-Jamal, Gary Webb

1998 – Gerald Nicosia

*1997 – Floyd Salas


REGINALD LOCKETT LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:

2019 -  Percival Everett

2018 - Ana Castillo

2016 - Clarence Major

2015 - Marvin X., Avotcja

2014 – Askia M. Toure

2013 – Jesse Douglas Taylor

2012 – Q.R. Hand

2011 – Adam David Miller

2010 – Paul Krassner, Vance Bourjaily

2009 – A.D. Winans, Harriet Rohmer, Kristin Hunter Lattany

2008 – Reginald Lockett, Adrienne Kennedy, Diane di Prima

2007 – Andy Ross

*2006 – Joyce Jenkins

 

ADELLE FOLEY AWARD:

2019 - Alexandria Ocasio-Ortez
2018 - Avotcja
*2016 - Judge Shira A. Scheindlin

 

*denotes first year award was given

Effective January 19th 2014, as per our new policy, the PEN OAKLAND AWARDS will NO LONGER accept either solicited or un-solicited books.