The Christopher Doheny Award
The Doheny Award

Winners of the Christopher Doheny Award


 

2015 Winner: Catherine Kapphahn

The winner of the third annual $10,000 Christopher Doheny Award is Catherine Kapphahn, for her manuscript Stories You Never Told Me, an innovative blend of memoir and fiction about, in the author’s own words, “a daughter who gives a voice to her mother’s unspoken history, and in the process, heals them both.”  


Catherine Kapphahn was selected by a panel of three distinguished writers: Charles Bock, Mike Scalise, the previous winner of the Christopher Doheny Award, and Michelle Bailat-Jones, the inaugural prize winner, as well as two representatives from Audible.com.

 

Catherine Kapphahn’s writing has appeared in The Prague RevueAstoria Magazine, the Feminist Press Anthology This is the Way We Say GoodbyeWanderlust ReviewArs Medica: a Journal of Medicine, the Arts and Humanity, CURE Magazine and Sunday Salon. She is the recipient of a 2011 Individual Artist Grant from the Queens Council on the Arts. She earned an M.F.A in writing at Columbia University and a B.A. from Hunter College. Catherine teaches at the City University of New York at Lehman College in the Bronx, where her students’ brave stories continue to inspire her. As a yoga teacher, she values the community of a class and enjoys helping students play energetically with the shapes and lines of the poses. Her dance background allows her to see yoga as an art form, a place to experience movement, rediscover play and lift the spirit. She grew up in Colorado and now lives in Astoria, Queens with her husband and two sons.



2014 Winner: Mike Scalise

 

The winner of the second annual $10,000 Christopher Doheny Award is Mike Scalise, for his memoir The Brand New Catastrophe. Mr. Scalise was selected by a panel of five judges: Elliott Holt, Rene Steinke, and the previous winner Michelle Bailat-Jones, along with two representatives from Audible.com.

Mike Scalise’s work has appeared in AgniIndiewireNinth LetterThe Paris ReviewWall Street Journal, and more. He’s an 826DC advisory board member, has received fellowships and scholarships from Bread Loaf, Yaddo & the Ucross Foundation. He was the Philip Roth Writer in Residence at Bucknell University.

 

Mike Scalise's manuscript will be published by Sarabande Books in 2017. Sarabande Books is a non-profit literary press founded in 1994 by Sarah Gorham and Jeffrey Skinner and is based in Louisville, Kentucky. Sarabande publishes ten to twelve books each year and its authors have been awarded and shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the LA Times Book Prize, and several PEN/American honors, among many others.

 

2013 Winner: 
Michelle Bailat-Jones


Michelle Bailat-Jones received the first Christopher Doheny award in 2013 for her novel Fog Island Mountains. Michelle visited The Center in November 2014 to give a reading from her winning work. Please click to view video of the event. 

 

Michelle Bailat-Jones is a writer and translator. Her short fiction, translations and criticism have appeared in various journals including The Kenyon Review, Cerise Press, Two Serious Ladies, Sundog Lit, Spolia, Hayden’s Ferry Review, PANK (online), The Rumpus and The Quarterly Conversation. She is the author of the forthcoming chapbook Elemental: Variations (Spolia, 2014) and her translation of Beauty on Earth (La Beauté sur la Terre) by Swiss author Charles Ferdinand Ramuz (1878 – 1949) was published by Onesuch Press in 2013. She also works as the Reviews Editor for Necessary Fiction.

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The Christopher Doheny Award

 

The Christopher Doheny Award, supported by Audible, Inc. and the friends and family of Christopher Doheny, recognizes excellence in fiction or nonfiction on the topic of serious physical illness by a writer who has personally dealt or is dealing with life-threatening illness, either his or her own or that of a close relative or friend.