David L. Ulin a PEN Award Finalist

Low Residency M.F.A. professor nominated for his book of essays about L.A.

David Ulin and book cover

David L. Ulin is a finalist for the PEN Award for the Art of the Essay.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Book critic David L. Ulin, who teaches in UC Riverside’s Low Residency M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts in Palm Desert, has been named a finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay for his book “Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles” (University of California Press, 2015).

The award, which comes with a $10,000 prize, is presented for a book of essays “that exemplifies the dignity and esteem that the essay form imparts to literature.” The winner will be named live at the 2016 PEN Literary Awards Ceremony on April 11 at The New School in New York City.

Ulin is a former book editor of the Los Angeles Times. He is the author of “The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time,” the novella “Labyrinth,” and the Library of America’s “Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology,” which won a California Book Award. He is a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow whose work has appeared in various publications, among them The Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, The New York Times Book Review, The Paris Review, Bookforum, Virginia Quarterly Review, Columbia Journalism Review, and on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.” Los Angeles Magazine named “Sidewalking” one of the best books of 2015.

The PEN Literary Awards are the most comprehensive in the United States. Awards are presented annually to writers in the fields of fiction, science writing, essays, sports writing, biography, children’s literature, translation, drama, and poetry.

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