University of Idaho Faculty Earns Prestigious Carter Prize for the Essay

Tuesday, February 3 2009

Feb. 3, 2009 Written by Donna Emert MOSCOW, Idaho – The annual Thomas H. Carter Prize for the Essay, from Washington and Lee University’s literary magazine Shenandoah, was awarded for 2009 to Brandon R. Schrand for his essay “The Bone Road.” Schrand is coordinator of the University of Idaho Master of Fine Arts creative writing program. The essay explores four generations of vanishing fathers in Schrand’s family and occurs, in part, along the Bone Road in southern Idaho. It first appeared in the spring 2008 issue of Shenandoah. Over the years, the Carter Award has gone to such literary luminaries as Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney, Pulitzer Prize winner W. D. Snodgrass, and the internationally renowned literary critic, Northrop Frye. Schrand is not the first University of Idaho faculty writer to earn the Carter Award. In 2007, University of Idaho Professor Joy Passanante earned the honor for her essay, “Visitations.” Winners also receive an honorarium of $1,000. The Carter Prize for the essay is given annually in honor of Thomas H. Carter, an early editor of Shenandoah. The magazine, published quarterly at Washington and Lee University, in Lexington, Va., was founded in 1950, and publishes work of the highest literary quality. Schrand’s first book, The Enders Hotel: A Memoir," was published in 2008 by the University of Nebraska Press. The book was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award selection last summer, and winner of the 2007 River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize. School Library Journal recently selected his book as one of the Best Adult Books for High School Students of 2008. # # # About the University of Idaho Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s flagship higher-education institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year; the University of Idaho is the only institution in the state to earn the prestigious Carnegie Foundation ranking for high research activity. The university’s student population includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars. Offering more than 150 degree options in 10 colleges, the university combines the strengths of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. For information, visit Media Contact: Joni Kirk, University Communications, (208) 885-7725,

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