Hemingway & Idaho
Each year, the University of Idaho’s Creative Writing Program sponsors the Hemingway Festival to honor the annual Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award recipient.
The recipient visits the University of Idaho to read and meet with students, faculty, and the community through a series of festival events. Events include readings by distinguished visiting authors, MFA faculty and students and the Hemingway Cocktail Hour and Moveable Feast.
About the Hemingway/PEN Award
The prestigious Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award is given for a novel or book of short stories by an American author who has not previously published a book of fiction.
2016's winner, Arna Bontemps Hemenway, received his award for his collection of short stories "Elegy on Kinderklavier" at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, Massachusetts, in a spring ceremony. The 2016 Hemingway Festival will take place in Moscow, Idaho, on March 2 to 5.
The Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award was established in 1976 by the late Mary Hemingway in honor of her husband Ernest Hemingway. The University of Idaho’s Creative Writing Program partners with the foundation to honor recipients of the award. The distinction is given for a novel or book of short stories by an American author who has not previously published a book of fiction and includes an $8,000 prize. Previous recipients include Marilynne Robinson, Jhumpa Lahiri and Bobbi Ann Mason. The award has always been an excellent prediction of a young writer’s future success, and many winners have gone on to win Pulitzers.
The University of Idaho English Department’s 7th annual Hemingway Festival will celebrate Ernest Hemingway’s love of Cuba, the recently reinvigorated U.S.-Cuba political relationship and the 65th anniversary of Hemingway’s writing of “The Old Man and the Sea.”