Honors and Prizes

Bobbie Ann Mason Receives Kentucky Literary Honor

January 31, 2016

Bobbie Ann Mason, the acclaimed novelist and short story writer, was inducted into the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame on January 28 . Mason, who grew up in Mayfield, Kentucky, and still lives in the…

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Creative Writing Contest: The Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans

January 26, 2016

The Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans is a creative writing contest for U.S. military veterans and active duty personnel. It's run by The Iowa Review   and sponsored by the family of Sharlet (in…

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'American Boys' Wins Big Book Honor

October 15, 2015

  Journalist Louise Esola 's book, American Boys , which we reviewed on The VVA Veteran 's Books in Review II page back in January, has been named the grand prize winner of the Writer's Digest…

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Maya Lin Receives Gish Prize

March 16, 2015

Maya Lin---he artist, sculptor and environmental artist best known as the designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial---received the 21st annual $300, 000 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize in November. The prestigious award recognizes architects, musicians, playwrights, directors,…

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Robin Williams, 1951-2014

August 12, 2014

Most of the obituaries and appreciations of Robin Williams (who committed suicide on August 11) mentioned the fact that his breakout acting role came in the film Good Morning Vietnam and that he won a…

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Oliver Stone – "Master of Cinema"

February 23, 2011

Stone in Boulder Oliver Stone, the former Vietnam War infantryman--and the first Vietnam veteran to have written or directed (he did both) a Vietnam War film (Platoon , 1986)--was the guest of honor at the…

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Chris Noel Medal Petition

January 31, 2011

A movement is afoot to lobby the President of the United States to present the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Chris Noel, the one-time Hollywood starlet who was a popular AFVN radio disk jockey in…

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Maya Lin Receives the National Medal of Arts

February 26, 2010

Maya Lin, who designed the national Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Wall), was among the honorees last night, February 25, at the White House National Medal of Arts ceremonies. Lin received a 2009 National Medal of…

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Kevin Bacon Takes Golden Globe for Taking Chance

January 18, 2010

Kevin Bacon (above left) took home the Golden Globe award last night for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for his memorably powerful role as U.S. Marine…

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Komunyakaa enters Academy

April 22, 2009

Yusef Komunyakaa, the most-honored American poet who served in the Vietnam War, will be inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in May. Komunyakka, a former U.S. Army journalist, and eight others will…

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