Nathan Elliott, whose essay "Shiva Buys a House" was published in TLR’s sixth issue, has won the 2016 Lawrence Jackson Writers’ Award. According to The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council (ArtsNL), the Lawrence Jackson Writers’ Award comes with a $500 cash award, and encourages and promotes original and creative thought in all genres of writing. The prize honors the memory of Jackson, and is sponsored by his wife Laura, and children Willow, Holly and Ben, with generous contributions from family and friends to the Lawrence Jackson Trust Fund.
Video note: Nathan begins reading at 8:09.
Nathan Elliott’s writing has appeared in many creative nonfiction anthologies. The TLR essay will be included in his forthcoming book. He has also authored poetry that has appeared in Teaching as a Human Experience: HETL Anthology Series (2015) and book reviews for publications like the Journal of British Studies. He has been working a visiting Assistant Professor at Memorial University Grenfell Campus since 2015, and prior to that he’s instructed literature and English courses at Valdosta State University, Georgia Perimeter College, and the University of Notre Dame.
Presently Elliott is completing his ArtsNL funded manuscript for How Red Became my Favo[u]rite Colo[u]r—a story about immigration, elopement, and the emergency birth of his son. The book will tell Elliott’s story through a series of narratives—some experimental, some traditional, freeing the interconnected stories about the gorgeous violence of change from tidy linear narratives, according to Elliott’s project brief.
“As a relative newcomer to the island, I was a bit shocked to win the Lawrence Jackson Award, to be blunt; then humbled and honored to be selected from such a deep pool of talent,” Elliot said. “My life as a creative artist is still in its infancy, even as my calendar years drag me screaming and kicking into middle-age. It is especially gratifying to get the financial support and the artistic encouragement that both the ArtsNL grant and the Lawrence Jackson Award provide.”