2021 Communicator of Achievement Announced

Sherri Burr has been awarded New Mexico Press Women’s highest honor as recipient of the 2020 Communicator of Achievement award. Sherri survived a turbulent childhood to attend Mount Holyoke College, Princeton University, and Yale Law School. Elected President of New Mexico Press Women in 2018, she has led the organization through the pandemic, and was unanimously re-elected last year. After celebrating NMPW’s70th Anniversary in 2019, Burr had to cancel the 2020 conference and spearhead changes to the bylaws to permit online meetings and voting. Burr is a communicator of extraordinary depth, having been a law professor for close to 30 years, a columnist for The Albuquerque Tribune, and the author of over two dozen award-winning books and hundreds of articles. She also produced a television show and spearheaded the launch of a not-for-profit art gallery. In 2015, she received a Monticello Fellowship to work on Complicated Lives: Free Blacks in Virginia, 1619-1865, which, after being published in 2019, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in History. Sherri currently serves on the Authors Guild Foundation Board; the foundation educates and advocates for the rights of all authors.

Congratulations, Sherri!

NMPW Scholarship Winners Announced

New Mexico Press Women is pleased to announce that the 2021 recipients of the Doris Gregory Memorial Scholarship are:

First Place ($1,000), Xavier Dominguez, who is studying Journalism and Mass Communication at New Mexico State University.

Runner-Up ($500), Sarah Roderick, who is studying Agricultural Communications, also at NMSU.

This year’s scholarships were also supported by donations from the Northern New Mexico Chapter in memory of Roslyn Pulitzer and Don Strel. Albuquerque Press Women and Friends also donated $250, and a number of other donors responded to an appeal on Giving Tuesday. NMPW is grateful for everyone’s support!

2021 Zia Book Awards Announced

Congratulations to this year’s Zia Book Award recipients:

Winner: Jennifer Hull for Shook: An Earthquake, a Legendary Mountain Guide, and Everest’s Deadliest Day

Finalists (in alphabetical order):

Norma Libman for The Story of the Story: What I Wrote and Why

Sharon Niederman for Backroads & Byways of New Mexico

Menese Wall for We Demand the Right to Vote

The Zia Book Awards are presented annually on a three-year cycle to women authors with a strong connection to New Mexico. This year’s category was nonfiction books published in 2018, 2019, or 2020. Next year’s category will be fiction books published in 2019, 2020, or 2021. The 2023 category will be children’s books published in 2020, 2021, or 2022.

 

2021 Communications Contest Awards Announced

Congratulations to all of the award winners! Here is the list:

First Name Last Name Entry Award
Chris Allen Kale is a Four-Letter Word 1st Place
Chris Allen Kale is a Four-Letter Word Honorable Mention
Chris Allen Keep Kale Cool Honorable Mention
Chris Allen Dear Arthur Honorable Mention
Marisela Angulo Tumbleweeds Newspaper for Santa Fe Families 1st Place
Ty Bannerman Let’s Talk Monuments and Reckoning with Colonial Histories 2nd Place
Barb Belknap Sandoval Signpost 1st Place
Ernest “Joe” Brown At Least I Could Do Something About It 3rd Place
Joe Brown Hey Coach 2nd Place
Sherri Burr Complicated Lives – Part I: From African Arrivals in 1619 to the Conclusion of the Revolutionary War in 1783 1st Place
Sherri Burr “Flip the Script When Writing About Race” (12/2020) and “Storytelling Lessons From Gunsmoke (11/2020) 1st Place
Sherri Burr “The Writing Life: Remembering Rudolfo Anaya” and “The Writing Life: Max Evans” Honorable Mention
Joe Cappello Biddle and the One-Eyed Monster Honorable Mention
Joe Cappello Beginning at the End Honorable Mention
Joe Cappello Office Beast Honorable Mention
Carolyn Carlson Leading Her Homeland 2nd Place
Carolyn Carlson Who Killed Molly Sparks 2nd Place
Carolyn Carlson Adios Is Not Good-Bye 3rd Place
Brenda Cole Light Illuminating Honorable Mention
Brenda Cole Seeing the World in 20/20 Honorable Mention
Hannah Colton Protester Shot After Militiamen Raise Tensions At Oñate Monument 1st Place
Hannah Colton No More Normal: The Streets Are Hot 1st Place
Mary Lou Cooper AARP Combats Loneliness with Friendly Phone Calls, part of an ongoing series of reports related to COVID impacts 1st Place
Mary Lou Cooper Internet Love is Here to Stay 2nd Place
Mary Lou Cooper Mapping the Canine Mind Honorable Mention
Karen Cunningham no birdsong 2nd Place
Merilee Dannemann Reasonable Regulations Draw Reasonable People; Most Like the Police 3rd Place
Erin De Rosa Solutions at our Fingertips 1st Place
Marisa Demarco No More Normal: The Streets Are Hot 1st Place
Marisa Demarco The Real Crime 2nd Place
Marisa Demarco Guns, Threats And Insults At Roundhouse Rally To Support Trump Honorable Mention
Marisa Demarco Black N.M. Movement Objects To News Coverage And Police Response At Filling Philly’s Honorable Mention
Debra Denker Seeking Solace on Horseback: Riding Keeps Me Sane During Pandemic Honorable Mention
Sonja Dewing The Glass Mountain 2nd Place
Rena Distasio Sculptor Creates Large-Scale Commentaries On Nature And The Environment 1st Place
Bob Diven Living in Las Cruces 1st Place
Bryce Dix Growing Forward: A podcast about cannabis in New Mexico 1st Place
Patricia Dobson Church isn’t the the building – church is us 3rd Place
Mary Dorsey Once Upon a Time When We Could 2nd Place
Mary Dorsey September Honorable Mention
Mary Dorsey Once Upon A Time When We Could Honorable Mention
Jennifer Edelson Wild Open Faces (Book 2 in the Wild and Ruin Trilogy) 1st Place
Khalil Ekulona No More Normal: The Streets Are Hot 1st Place
Khalil Ekulona The Real Crime 2nd Place
Ruth Friesen Historical Painting: Taking your Best Shot 3rd Place
Ruth Friesen Wagon Tracks 3rd Place
Ruth Friesen Lifelines: The Bowen Love Letters Honorable Mention
Cornelia Gamlem They Did What? Unbelievable Tales from the Workplace Honorable Mention
Maria Gomez Gramita’s Tortillas 2nd Place
Isabel Gonzalez Bayron Matos: Always hungry 2nd Place
J. L. Greger A Pound of Flesh, Sorta 3rd Place
J. L. Greger Dirty Holy Water Honorable Mention
Loretta Hall From New Mexico to the Universe 1st Place
Loretta Hall Higher, Faster, Longer: My Life in Aviation and My Quest for Spaceflight 2nd Place
Loretta Hall Book Review: “Urban Legends from Space: The Biggest Myths of Space Demystified” 3rd Place
Kathryn Hammel Meg Goes to America 1st Place
Kathryn Hammel Walk Right 1st Place
Kathleen Hessler Health Care Law   (Chapter in Concepts for Nursing Practice text book) Honorable Mention
Lynne Hinton The Beekeeper’s Wife 1st Place
Sandi Hoover Panama’s Gold 1st Place
Sandi Hoover Give It An Inch 3rd Place
Jennifer Hull Shook: An Earthquake, a Legendary Mountain Guide, and Everest’s Deadliest Day 1st Place
Carrie Ishee “Seduced into Darkness:  Transcending my Psychiatrist’s Sexual Abuse” 1st Place
Carrie Ishee “Seduced into Darkness:  Transcending my Psychiatrist’s Sexual Abuse” 1st Place
Megan Kamerick Growing Forward: A podcast about cannabis in New Mexico 1st Place
Megan Kamerick New Mexico and the Vote 1st Place
Megan Kamerick Sculptor Creates Large-Scale Commentaries On Nature And The Environment 1st Place
Megan Kamerick No More Normal: The Streets Are Hot 1st Place
Colleen Keane An old friend comes through 1st Place
Colleen Keane If you remember them, you will never go wrong 1st Place
Colleen Keane It’s a different world 2nd Place
Colleen Keane A good step forward – Indian Market reinvisioned 2nd Place
Colleen Keane To’hajiilee Fresh Water Blocked – County Steps in 3rd Place
Colleen Keane Police wanted 3rd Place
Stuart Kelter DELVING IN: Dwight Pitcaithley on Whether the Lead-up to the Civil War was about States’ Rights 3rd Place
Stuart Kelter DELVING IN: David Pengelley on the Joy of Math Honorable Mention
Iris Keltz At a Crossroads 1st Place
Iris Keltz Hamsa Menorah 2nd Place
Iris Keltz An Ode to voting– there’s still time come Tuesday Honorable Mention
Rose Marie Kern Seeing the World in 20/20 Honorable Mention
Rachel Kutcher Real-Life Learning 1st Place
Melanie LaBorwit Christmas at the Palace, Re-Imagined 2nd Place
DIanne Layden Three Reflections New Mexico Remembers 9/11 1st Place
Tara Lumpkin Voices for Biodiversity 1st Place
Andy Lyman Accounts from inmates on COVID-19 response differs from officials’ 1st Place
Andy Lyman NM Supreme Court denies request to expand inmate release 2nd Place
Andy Lyman Growing Forward: A podcast about cannabis in New Mexico 1st Place
Fred Martino KRWG News This Week – Election 2020: Take 2, America? 2nd Place
Fred Martino New Mexico’s Unusual And Very Tight Rematch In The 2nd Congressional District Honorable Mention
Barbara Matchell They Did What? Unbelievable Tales from the Workplace Honorable Mention
Kathleen McCleery Voting in 2020: A Conversation with Maggie Toulouse Oliver 1st Place
Kathleen McCleery Women Writing the West: A Panel Discussion for the Corrales Arts Center 1st Place
Cassie McClure Column: “My So-Called Millennial Life”; Sample 1, Published 9/27/2020 “Calls to Action”; Sample 2, 10/4/2020 “Self-Care in the Time of COVID” Honorable Mention
Kevin McDonald Growing Forward: A podcast about cannabis in New Mexico 1st Place
Kevin McDonald New Mexico and the Vote 1st Place
Mary Mendoza My Generation Is Dying 1st Place
Mary Kate Mendoza My Generation is Dying 3rd Place
RJ Mirabal Dragon Train 2nd Place
Mary Candace Mize The Flypaper Witch Murders 2nd Place
Mary Candace Mize Zsofi 3rd Place
Mary Morris Dear October 1st Place
Sharon Niederman Backroads & Byways of New Mexico: Drives, Day Trips & Weekend Excursions 1st Place
Sharon Niederman On the Road with Sharon Niederman 2nd Place
Sharon Niederman Buffalo Soldier Gender Bender: Cathay Williams aka William Cathey Honorable Mention
Ian Palmer The Shale Controversy: Will it lead the world to prosperity…or calamity? 3rd Place
Tracy Patrick Fall is a great time to take up birdwatching 1st Place
Judith Pentz Cleanse Your Body, Reveal Your Soul: Sustainable Well-Being through the Ancient Power of Ayurveda Panchakarma Therapy Honorable Mention
Marilyn Pettes Hill PERSPECTIVES:  A Tribute to Colin 2nd Place
Marilyn Pettes Hill Heart Strings – Prose & Poetry 2nd Place
Marilyn Pettes Hill A Mother’s Heart 3rd Place
Sylvia Ramos Cruz In a Time of Corona: Dispatches from the Field 1st Place
Sylvia Ramos Cruz May 29, 2020: In the Year of Our Peril 2nd Place
Sylvia Ramos Cruz Seven New Mexico  Suffragists 3rd Place
Sylvia Ramos Cruz Biographical Sketch of Maude Elizabeth McFie Bloom Honorable Mention
Sylvia Ramos Cruz Where To? Honorable Mention
Judy Reinhartz Counting on Literature 2nd Place
Sherry Robinson RMCH cuts contract nurses as COVID-19 surge expected 1st Place
Sherry Robinson Black Lives Matter inspires Native American communities 1st Place
Sherry Robinson New Mexico election results depart from national patterns 1st Place
Sherry Robinson Virus will hit rural hospitals and clinics much harder 2nd Place
Kristen Cox Roby Tumbleweeds Newspaper for Santa Fe Families 1st Place
Kristen Cox Roby Tumbleweeds Newspaper for Santa Fe Families 1st Place
Kristen Cox Roby Tumbleweeds Newspaper for Santa Fe Families 1st Place
Kristen Cox Roby Tumbleweeds Newspaper for Santa Fe Families 1st Place
Elizabeth Rose no birdsong 2nd Place
Leonie Rosenstiel Sidelights on the WACs during World War II 2nd Place
Leonie Rosenstiel The Carpet Wore a Floral Pattern Honorable Mention
Leonie Rosenstiel Dear Arthur Honorable Mention
Tracy Roy Dance, Dance, Evolution 2nd Place
Jessica Schlarbaum Migrating, Stocking Up, Rutting and Molting Honorable Mention
Diane Schmidt Colorado’s Holocaust and Genocide Education Bill, and its Implications for New Mexico 1st Place
Diane Schmidt Jojo Rabbit: An Anti-Hate Satire for Our Time 1st Place
Diane Schmidt Tisha b’Av, John Lewis, and the Obligation to Vote 1st Place
Diane Schmidt Combatting Hatred and Anti-Semitism: A Conversation with Sue Parker Gerson of the Anti-Defamation League 1st Place
Diane Schmidt Adult Analysis of Frozen II: A Heroine Fights Historical Denial 2nd Place
Diane Schmidt Book Review: Garden of Eden, Plants of the Hebrew Bible 2nd Place
Diane Schmidt Book review: Jews and the Arab World, Intertwined Legacies Honorable Mention
DIANE JOY SCHMIDT Windshield Cracks, How the Light Gets In Honorable Mention
DIANE JOY SCHMIDT A Red-tailed Hawk 1st Place
Kathy Louise Schuit SouthWest Sage Newsletter 2nd Place
Kelsey Sinclair Oh My Stars! Honorable Mention
Wendel Sloan Kill a Moose for Jesus 2nd Place
Ivy St. Clair Milestones Missed, Plans Rerouted Honorable Mention
Elaine Stachera Simon Birding Festivals 101: Use These 13 Tips to Make Your Next Birding Festival Fantastic 2nd Place
Elaine Stachera Simon Lovely Lepidoptera: Butterflies in the Backyard and Beyond 2nd Place
Liana Star Kindness Rocks, and So Do CASA 2nd Place
Madison Staten Las Cruces Agriculture Industry Hit By Loss of Labor And Other COVID Impacts 1st Place
Madison Staten Truth Or Consequences Teacher Shares Challenges of Online Learning And Some Surprising Positives 3rd Place
Claudette Sutton Tumbleweeds Newspaper for Santa Fe Families 1st Place
Claudette Sutton Tumbleweeds Newspaper for Santa Fe Families 1st Place
Claudette Sutton Tumbleweeds Newspaper for Santa Fe Families 1st Place
Claudette Sutton Real-Life Learning 1st Place
Claudette Sutton Solutions at our Fingertips 1st Place
Claudette Sutton Tumbleweeds Newspaper for Santa Fe Families 1st Place
Claudette Sutton Counting on Literature 2nd Place
Claudette Sutton Christmas at the Palace, Re-Imagined 2nd Place
Claudette Sutton Earth Day at the Railyard 3rd Place
Claudette Sutton Milestones Missed, Plans Rerouted Honorable Mention
Claudette Sutton Migrating, Stocking Up, Rutting and Molting Honorable Mention
Claudette Sutton Oh My Stars! Honorable Mention
Claudette Sutton Kindness Rocks, and So Do CASA 2nd Place
Loretta Terry no birdsong 2nd Place
Denise Tessier East Mountain Historical Society Newsletter 1st Place
Jette Tritten On the Nile with a Dancing Dane 1st Place
Jette Tritten Four bobcat kittens 1st Place
Jette Tritten On the Nile with a Dancing Dane 3rd Place
Jim Tritten 3-minute No Barriers video 1st Place
Jim Tritten Touched by Rapture 1st Place
Jim Tritten Service Reflections of a Navy Veteran Aug 2020 Honorable Mention
Jim Tritten Panama’s Gold 1st Place
Tierna Unruh-Enos The Mesa 2nd Place
Judith Vaughan Strawberry Roan Growing Up in the Shadow of Hermit’s Peak 3rd Place
Kathy Wagoner SouthWest Writers Website 2nd Place
Patricia Walkow New Mexico Remembers 9/11 2nd Place
Patricia Walkow Kale is a Four-Letter Word 1st Place
Patricia Walkow Kale is a Four-Letter Word Honorable Mention
Rosemary McNerney Winkler Albuquerque Genealogical Society Quarterly Honorable Mention
Patricia Wood I remember Friday, November 22, 1963 . . . And visiting Oswald’s neglected grave Honorable Mention
Kathryn York Earth Day at the Railyard 3rd Place
Leora Zeitlin Weave Me a Wreath of White Roses: 30 Years of Publishing Anna Akhmatova in English 1st Place
Leora Zeitlin Two events honoring Anna Akhmatova this weekend — please join us! 1st Place

Individual Sweepstakes winners are:
First Place: Claudette Sutton
Second Place: Diane Joy Schmidt
Third Place: Colleen Keane

Organization Sweepstakes winners are:
First Place: Tumbleweeds Newspaper for Santa Fe Families
Second Place (tie): SouthWest Writers, Corrales Writing Group
Third Place (tie): KUNM Radio, Navajo Times

Links to Conference Awards Events

Two awards events will take place at the conference on Saturday, March 13. The Zia Book Awards and Scholarships will be presented at Noon, and the Communications Contest Awards and Communicator of Achievement will be announced at the session beginning at 4:30. Both events are free and open to the public, but the 4:30 event requires signing up in advance. The links for each Zoom awards session are given below; links to conference sessions that require registration will be emailed to registrants by Wednesday, March 10.

Zia Book Awards and Scholarship Presentation Event:
Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86903374596?pwd=dzNBb3dTWVVySS91andoREpBRlQ4dz09
If you need them: Meeting ID: 869 0337 4596, Passcode: 533656

Communications Contest Awards and Communicator of Achievement:
NOTICE: People wishing to attend this event must register (sign up, free) in advance. Use the following link to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYsf-ygqzgpGNEZ3342gErnzP0TtNk9A99d
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the link to join the meeting.