The Diana Woods Memorial Award in Creative Nonfiction

Issue 9: Summer/Fall 2016

Fragile Rat

by Nichole L. Reber

Special Guest Judge, Erin Aubry Kaplan

With humor, heart and urgency, “Fragile Rat” describes the modern travails of addiction—and love—in language that’s honest, propulsive, and never cliched.

Erin Aubry Kaplan, is author of I Heart Obama (2016), and the collection of essays and reportage,Black Talk, Blue Thoughts and Walking the Color Line: Dispaches From a Black JournalistaShe has written about African-American political, economic, and cultural issues since 1992, and is a regular contributor to Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly,, Ms., and Essence.

She’s Out of My Life

by Erin Langner

Dress the Mouse in Black

by Mark Liebenow