Mahonri, Shawn, Katherine (William’s sister, head of the AML’s BYU student chapter, and newly appointed AML board member) and I made it to the 2007 AML conference this year, where we attended sessions on Mormon folklore, film, literature, and critical theory, and got to know each other a little better. It was fun; I look forward to doing it again. The opportunities to socialize and “network” that conferences like this offer are well worth the price of admission. Oh, wait. This year’s AML conference offered free admission. Well then, it was something of a gift to be able to attend. And with all the AMV blogger ears and eyes in attendance, it may well be a gift that keeps on giving as over the next week or so we Motley Visionaries report on different sessions and papers that struck our individual fancies.
During the conference luncheon, Melissa Proffitt of the AML presented several awards. These awards cover various Mormon-authored or Mormon-themed media published or produced (or in some other way brought to attention) during 2006. Last spring, A Motley Vision came home with the AML 2005 Award for Criticism; to my knowledge, that was the first time a blog produced a blip on the AML’s radar. This year that blip got a little bigger. What this means for blogging’s future remains open for debate.
But now, to satisfy our readers’ curiosity and provide information that we hope people will find at least mildly interesting, here are the 2006 Association for Mormon Letters Awards.
Winner: Kristen Carson, for “‘Atta Boy,” published in Dialogue 38:2 (Summer 2005).
Honorable Mention: Virginia Baker, “And Cry the Name of David,” published in All the Rage This Year: Phobos Science Fiction Anthology 3, 2004.
Honorable Mention: Heather Marx, “Brother Singh,” published in Irreantum 6:2.
Honorable Mention: Aaron Orullian, “Judgement Day,” published in Irreantum 7:3.
Winner: Brandon Mull, Fablehaven.
Honorable Mention: Shannon Hale, River Secrets.
Honorable Mention: Janette Rallison, It’s a Mall World After All.
Winner: Toni Sorensen Brown, Redemption Road.
Honorable Mention: Orson Scott Card, Empire.
Honorable Mention: Brandon Sanderson, Mistborn.
Winner: Tim Slover, for Treasure.
A retroactive 2003 Award for Drama was also awarded to LeeAnne Adams for her play, Archipelago.
Winner: Annie Poon, The Book of Visions.
Honorable Mention: Melissa Puente, Sisterz in Zion.
Honorable Mention: Tom Russell, Angie.
Patricia Karamesines, “The Rhetoric of Stealing God,” published on A Motley Vision, April 30, 2006.
Winner: John Bennion, “Like the Lilies of the Field,” in Dialogue 39:4 (Winter 2006).
Honorable Mention: Wilfried Decoo, “The Unspeakable,” Times and Seasons, March 28, 2006.
Honorable Mention: Patricia Karamesines, “The Birds of Summer,” A Motley Vision, September 19, 2006.
AML Special Award
This year the 2006 AML Special Award went to James V. D’Arc, Blaine L. Gale, E. Hunter Hale, and Richard I. Hale for their restoration of Trapped by the Mormon, a British anti-Mormon film legendary for its awfulness, first released in 1922.
Award for Service to AML
Angela Hallstrom received this well-deserved award for the dedication and tenacity she showed in stepping up to take the reins of the Irreantum under production at the time of Laraine Wilkin’s tragic passing. This award is well-deserved. Bravo, Angela. Readers can see AMV’s review of this issue of Irreantum here.
Smith-Pettit Foundation Award for Outstanding Contribution to Mormon Letters
NOTE: Melissa also announced the winner of Sunstone’s Eugene England Memorial Personal Essay Contest, but I feel timid about scooping Sunstone, especially since the information wasn’t included on the awards list I received and I don’t have it all. (Maybe if somebody were to twist my arm …)