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.
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 Agni, Indiewire, Ninth Letter, The Paris Review, Wall 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.
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.
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.