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William Heath Award

The William Heath Award is an honor earned by the student who demonstrates outstanding achievement in creative writing.

Headshot: HeathFor more than twenty-five years, Dr. William Heath taught American literature and creative writing at Mount St. Mary’s University. In 2007 he retired as a Professor Emeritus. His courses inspired much of the poetry and fiction that appeared in Lighted Corners since its inception in 1981. As advisor to Lighted Corners, he helped the magazine grow.

Heath’s most recent book, William Wells and the Struggle for the Old Northwest, recently won two prestigious Golden Spur awards from the Western Writers of America. Heath’s awards were for Best Western Historical Nonfiction and Best First Nonfiction Book. He is also the author of three novels Devil DancerBlacksnake’s Path: The True Adventures of William WellsThe Children Bob Moses Led, and a book of poems, The Walking Man. In 2016 Conversations with Robert Stone was published by the University of Mississippi Press. Visit Dr. Heath's website for additional information. 


2017  •  Joseph Theis
2016  •  Samantha Solis
2015  •  Kaitlyn M. Bryans
2014  •  Bernadette Olivia Gorman
2013  •  Melissa Caffrey
2012  •  Karolina Gajdeczka
2011  •  Erica Szalkowski
2010  •  Chelsea Baranoski
2009  •  Caitlin Finnerty
2008  •  Annie Hilliard
2007  •  Emily J. Catron

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