Western Michigan University Professor Jaimy Gordon won the National Book Award for her novel, Lord of Misrule. Once again, Kalamazoo shines as Michigan’s literary hub, and a deserving Michigan author receives national acclaim. This award means a lot to me personally, as Jaimy was my mentor during my time as an undergraduate. Jaimy is a unique college professor in that she is completely dedicated to her students, perhaps at the expense of her own writing - I know this book has been nearly a decade in the making. I never, even in graduate school, found a teacher more passionate and interested in the work of her students. She provided guidance and support during my time at WMU and during my study in Prague, and she played no small part in helping me get accepted into an MFA program. I am forever in Jaimy’s debt, and I could not be happier for her. For aspiring writers, there is no better writing teacher. What a win for the Western Michigan University Creative Writing Program, and what a win for literature in Michigan.
Read more coverage of the National Book Award:
National Book Foundation: 2010 National Book Award Winner, Fiction
Publishing Perspectives: Size Doesn’t Matter, at Least When it Comes to Book Awards
New York Times: National Book Award for Patti Smith