The College of Liberal Arts and the English Department of the University of Central Oklahoma are pleased to announce the first winner of the Everett Family Southwest Literary Award.
The Final Judge for this year's award was award-winning author Rilla Askew, who has selected Landfall, a collection of short stories by Julie Hensley.
Julie Hensley grew up in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. She holds an MA in English and Creative Writing from Kansas State University and an MFA in Fiction from Arizona State University. She currently makes her home in Oklahoma with her husband, the writer R. Dean Johnson, and she directs the creative writing program at Cameron University.
Stories from Landfall have appeared in Indiana Review, Crab Orchard Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Fourteen Hills, Redivider, and a variety of other journals and anthologies. In 2006, Hensley was named the Southern Women Writers Conference's Emerging Voice of Fiction.
The Last Known Sighting of Calamity Jane by Robin Bradford of Austin, TX, was named first runner-up. Remember Me, by Jacqueline Kolosov of Lubbock, TX, was named second runner-up.