University of Wyoming professor Alyson Hagy won her second High Plains Book Award on Saturday, receiving the prize for best fiction title during a ceremony at Montana State University Billings.
Hagy’s award-winning book is a collection of short stories called “Ghosts of Wyoming.” She is a past winner of the best woman writer award.
Rocky Mountain College professor Tim Lehman took the award for best nonfiction book with his “Bloodshed at Little Bighorn.”
In the newest award category, art and photography, Dan Flores’ “Visions of the Big Sky” took top honors. Flores’ book was published by the University of Oklahoma Press, as was Ruth McLaughlin’s “Bound Like Grass,” the winner for best first book. McLaughlin’s memoir of growing up in northeastern Montana was also selected for the Montana Book Award earlier this year.
Former Montana poet laureate Henry Real Bird, author of “Horse Tracks,” won the best poetry award. In the best woman writer category, Susan Kushner Resnick won for “Goodbye Wifes and Daughters,” an account of the Bearcreek Smith Mine disaster.
Larry Woiwode, the 2011 Emeritus Award winner, was the keynote speaker at Saturday’s award banquet. Woiwode, the director of the creative-writing program at Jamestown (N.D.) College, was recognized for a substantial body of work in fiction, nonfiction, memoir and children’s writing.
Each winner received a $500 cash prize and a plaque. Award sponsors include Parmly Billings Library, the Parmly Billings Library Foundation, Friends of the Parmly Billings Library, Montana State University Billings, Zonta Club of Billings, the Yellowstone Art Museum and the High Plains Book Awards committee.
The awards were established in 2007 by Parmly Billings Library to recognize regional authors and/or literary works that examine life on the high plains, including Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas and the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan.