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SVSU History: Tyner Prize

Quick Reference

"Raymond Tyner joined the SVSU English Department in 1968.  He founded The Green River Press, and his work and initiative sustained the journal The Green River Review for many years.  After Tyner's death in 1988, friends and family created a fund for the Tyner Prize, which recognizes writers in the Humanities.  The award is intended as a symbol of Dr. Tyner's faith in the potential achievement of student writers at SVSU and a reminder of his lifetime commitment to the written word."  -- Publication of Winning Entries, 2006

SEE SVSU web page for Tyner Prizes

Award Recipients

Tyner Prize for Writing Excellence in the Humanities

1992

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2005

2006

  • Fiction - Jason E. Wolverton : The Euloger: A Collection of Short Stories
  • Poetry - Amanda R. Conner : A Purple Room and Other Spaces
  • Non-Fiction - Jason Schneider : The Skeletal Summary and Reader Interpretation: The Importance of the Author in Dickinson

2007

  • Fiction - Jason E. Wolverton : Makeup
  • Non-Fiction - Tyler S. Germain : "The Metamorphosis"
  • Poetry - Amanda R. Conner : Shiny Narrative

2008

  • Blair Giesken : A Permanent Fixture
  • Blair Giesken : Pearl Diving and Other Poems
  • Nathan J. Collison : Myth and Vision in Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux

2009

  • Fiction - Matthew Falk : "Variations on a Theme," "Crystalline," and "Auspex Usurped"
  • Non-Fiction - Erinn Holm : The Fear of Foreign and Familiar in the Sherlock Holmes Adventures
  • Poetry - Matthew Falk : Poems

2010

  • Non-Fiction - Melinda Clifton : Motherhood in Louise Erdrich's The Painted Drun and Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony
  • Non-Fiction - Jeremy Evans : "The Compleynt of Venus:" by Geoffrey Chaucer: A Critical Edition
  • Fiction - Chad Goebel : Gorge (Celebrations of an American Garish)

2011

  • Fiction - Heidi Hall : God and the Existence of Mermaids
  • Non-Fiction - Stephanie Reinhardt : "We Write Fiction Because We Must" : Language, Narrative, and Meaning in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
  • Poetry - Timothy Windy Jr. : "Different Hats" and Other Poems

2012

  • Fiction - Raymond Deeren : Apres Noi le Deluge
  • Non-Fiction - Carolyn Payne : The Emerging Myth: Christianity as the "True Myth" in Tolkien, Lewis, and Williams
  • Poetry - Brandon Ruston : "No One is Entirely Convinced that Winter is the Best Season for Planting a Rose of Sharon" and other Poems

2013

  • Nathan Daniel Phillips : The Author of Belfast's Daughter
  • Sarah E. Arthur : For All Intensive Purposes (and other poems)

2014

  • Fiction - Brandy Abraham : Exploring Place: A Collection of Surreal Fiction
  • Poetry - Kathryn R. Karoly : The Burying Hand

2015

  • Fiction - Nathan Daniel Phillips : The Communal Dress
  • Poetry - Rachael Blaylock: Searching: A Collection of Poems

2016

  • Non-Fiction - Victoria Phelps: The Discovery and Destruction of the Disabled in Oscar Wilde's Fairy Tales
  • Poetry - Brianna Rivet: Chronicles of a Dead Girl: A Long Poem in Progress

2017

  • Fiction - Kellie Rankey: Contact
  • Poetry - Kellie Rankey: Diorama Americana

2018

  • Non-Fiction - Victoria Phelps: Young Blood Run Cold: Competing Perceptions of Sculptures and Childishness in Middlemarch
  • Poetry - Zoey Choen: (worship in) a hospital where all the rooms are empty