Faculty Awards and Honors

Professor Micah Perks

2008 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Creative Writing Fellowship
The Captivity And Restoration Of Mary Rowlandson, My Mother And Me

Associate Professor Micah Perks and Professor Georges Van Den Abbeele

National Endowment for the Arts - Access to Artistic Excellence
The Big Read - Celebration of Central Coast Poet Robinson Jeffers


Professor Ronaldo V. Wilson 

2021 University of California, Santa Cruz Committee on Research (COR) Faculty Research Grant Award for "Silent Incantations: Learning My Mother’s Language"

2016 Finalist for the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry for Farther Traveler: Poetry, Prose, Other (Counterpath Press, 2015)

2010 Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry and the Asian American Literary Award in Poetry for Poems of the Black Object (Futurepoem Books, 2009)

2007 Cave Canem Prize for Narrative of the Life of the Brown Boy and the White Man (University of Pittsburgh, 2008)


Professor Jennifer Tseng

2019 Winner, Editors Prize for Feature Article, Poetry Magazine, Chicago, IL.

2018 Fiction Fellow, Bread Loaf Writers ’ Conference, Middlebury, VT.

2018 Finalist, Firecracker Award in Fiction, New York, NY.

2018 Distinguished Story, Best American Short Stories , ed. by Roxanne Gay

2018 Winner, The Eric Hoffer Award, Chapbook Category, Titusville, NJ.

2017 Winner, Rose Metal Press Short Short Chapbook Contest, Brookline, MA.

2016 Winner, Bateau Press Boom Chapbook Contest. Bar Harbor, ME.

2016 Finalist, PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, New York, NY.

2015 Finalist, New England Book Award in Fiction, New England Independent Booksellers. Cambridge, MA.

2012 Winner, Marick Press Poetry Prize, Grosse Pointe, MI.

2006 Winner, PEN American Center Open Book Award, New York, NY.

2004 Winner, Asian American Writers ’ Workshop National Poetry Manuscript Competition, New York, NY.

2000-2002 Fiction Fellow, Second-Year Fiction Fellow, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA.


Lecturer Gary Young

2010 Santa Cruz County Poet Laureate

2009 Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America


Professor Rob Wilson

2009 Choice magazine's Outstanding Academic Title for Be Always Converting, Be Always Converted: An American Poetics


Professor Emerita Karen Tei Yamashita

2021 University of California, Santa Cruz Committee on Research (COR) Faculty Research Grant Award for "Japanese American Incarceration: The Origins of the Loyalty Questionnaire"

2011 United States Artists Fellowship Grant

2011 California Book Award Gold Medal in Fiction for I Hotel

2011 Asian/Pacific American Literature Award for Adult Fiction for I Hotel

2010 Nominated for National Book Award in Fiction for I Hotel


Professor Emeritus Nathaniel Mackey

2010 Guggenheim Fellowship for Poetry

2008 Stephen Henderson Award, African American Literature and Culture Society of the American Literature Association

2007 Roy Harvey Pearce/Archive for New Poetry Prize, Archive for New Poetry at UCSD

2007 Northern California Book Award in Poetry for Splay Anthem

2007 Individual Artist's Grant in Poetry, Foundation for Contemporary Arts

2006 National Book Award in Poetry for Splay Anthem