News: A Motley Vision receives AML award

The Association for Mormon Letters presented its 2005 Award for Criticism to A Motley Vision at its annual meeting held Saturday at UVSC.

This is the second year in a row that the AML has honored a Web publication — Meridian Magazine received the award last year. Previous winners also include Gideon Burton, Dennis Clark, Bruce W. Jorgensen, Neal Kramer, Linda Sillitoe and Steven P. Sondrup. A full list is available on the AML Web site.

We are honored and humbled and quite excited.

Our thanks to our readers, the Bloggernacle and, most of all, the AML List. AMV would never have existed without the conversations that the AML List has facilitated over the years.

We are proud of our body of work — but we are nowhere near being done. We need a new, better home. And probably some more contributors. We also need to pay more attention to music, art and genre fiction. No promises. No set timetable. But we think that this award is going to motivate us to be even better.

However, we will continue with the tone and focus that has marked AMV from the beginning. It is, no doubt, part of the reason for the blog’s success. Our thanks to all the commenters — although few in number, you are the best in the Bloggernacle.

Eric, my sister Katherine and Patricia attended the meeting and will be posting reports over the next few days.


13 thoughts on “News: A Motley Vision receives AML award”

  1. Good conference. It was fun meeting Patricia and Katherine. I also met Shawn Bailey.

    So right after the awards, Richard Bushman (who won the AML award for Biography) comes up to me, shakes my hand, congratulates me, and offers a few comments on the art of blogging. The whole time I’m thinking, “Richard Bushman  is congratulating me for some $.02 blog posts? Something is seriously wrong with this picture.” I awkwardly tried returning the compliments, but he brushed them off as soon as I could get it out.

    Posted by Eric Russell

  2. Congratulations, AMV! Certainly a well-deserved award!

    I enjoyed meeting Eric and Patricia at the conference, and look forward to reading their reports about it. 

    Posted by s p bailey

  3. Yay, us!

    I really enjoyed the conf. this year–what of it I could attend. It was fun to meet Eric and Katherine, though I didn’t get as much of a chance to talk with them as I would have liked. People who asked me about the AMV crew were astonished to hear that people who had never met before could blog together. Who knows–maybe someday I’ll even meet the elusive William Morris, or is that too much to hope?

    Yes, Eric, do tell–what gems on the art of blogging did Richard Bushman bestow upon you?

    Shawn: also a pleasure to meet you, though I didn’t connect the dots till later. Aren’t you the Shawn Bailey that won the Irreantum   fiction contest? Congratulations, and please elaborate for us here at AMV, name of piece, etc.

    Andrew: I expect that an official announcement of the AML winners will show up soon on the AML-List and then we’ll post them on AMV, but here’s a preview: You already know Richard Bushman won the Award for the Biography for Rough Stone Rolling; there was a first ever tie for the Award for Young Adult Fiction between Shannon Hale for Princess Academy and Patricia Wiles for Funeral Home Evenings; the Award for Film went to New York Doll. Other awards include a special award for a graphic novel series (guess which one), an Award for Poetry; an Award for the Novel (which had a runner up this year, if I remember), and an Award for an Outstanding Contribution to Mormon Letters. The winners of the Marilyn Brown novel competition were announced, too.

    I thought this year’s conf. went a long way toward recalibrating the character, goals, and momentum of the AML. For one thing, attendance of academics had fallen off over the last few years but they seemed to be there in abundance this year. Also, the Utah Arts Council had two representatives in attendance, including Guy Lebeda, the UAC’s literary director. The whole affair was very lively and yes, there was even excitement in the air. I’m very glad I made the long drive, even though I had to leave early.

    My absolute favorite session was the Wayne Booth session, with Neil Kramer, Bruce Jorgensen, and Richard Duerden presenting fascinating insights into Wayne Booth’s critical stance. I took pages and pages of notes and will report soon.


    Posted by P. G. Karamesines

  4. Bushman referred to a New York Times article that was either by or about a writer who had decided to try his hand at blogging, but couldn’t get a knack for it, with the suggestion that blogging is its own form of writing that not anyone, or even any writer, can do successfully.

    I personally don’t think blogging is all that difficult, but it would probably be interesting to explore the blog post as a writing style compared to other forms of writing.

    Posted by Eric Russell

  5. Patricia: I am the one who won (second place) the Irreantum short fiction contest. My story, titled They Wandered in Deserts , will appear in the next edition. Incientally, I did a reading (a first for me) along with other Irreantum contributors in Orem the Friday before the conference.

    I also enjoyed the Wayne Booth session, and I am looking forward to your report on it! 

    Posted by s p bailey

  6. Shawn: I very much look forward to reading your story in the next Irreantum !

    Eric, you said: I personally don’t think blogging is all that difficult, but it would probably be interesting to explore the blog post as a writing style compared to other forms of writing.

    Are you planning to mount such an exploration? Coming from my experience as a novelist, an essayist, and a poet (yeah, yeah, yeah), learning to write a blog post feels to me rather like learning to write within the confines of a new form. I do feel certain constraints of discipline in this form (besides brevity, I mean), though I’m so new at it I don’t think I could say yet what they are. But I’d be interested in a discussion about the subject, if you’re thinking of starting one.  

    Posted by P. G. Karamesines

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