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SVSU History: Stuart D. and Vernice M. Gross Award for Literature in Historical Fiction-Drama

About the Award

Established by the late Stuart D. Gross and his wife, Vernice, the Gross Award for Literature is administered by SVSU. The award includes a $1,000 prize. Employed for many years as a journalist with The Saginaw News, Gross joined the SVSU staff in the school’s early years and served in a variety of public affairs roles. He was recognized as a regional historian and published several books. Among his writings are “Saginaw: A History of the Land and City,” “When Timber was King,” and “Where There is a Will.” Following his retirement from SVSU, Gross wrote and produced a play, “Let’s Have Lunch Sometime.” He died in 1996; Mrs. Gross in 2001.

The Stuart D. and Vernice M. Gross Award for Literature is accorded to published works in regional history or historical fiction/drama. Preference is given to Michigan subject matter or strong Michigan connections on the part of the author.

Award Recipients

The Stuart D. and Vernice M. Gross Award for Literature in Historical Fiction/Drama

2005 – Christopher Paul Curtis (Bucking the Sarge)

2007 – Liesel Litzenburger (The Widower)

2010 – Bonnie Jo Campell (American Salvage)

2012 – Jeff Vande Zande (American Poet:  A Novel)

2013 -- Laura Kasischke (The Raising)