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2019 Krause Essay Prize Nominees Announced

Judging is underway for the 2019 Krause Essay Prize, made possible through the generous support of the Kyle J. and Sharon Krause Family Foundation.

Founded in 2006 with the encouragement of the late essayists David Foster Wallace and Guy Davenport, the Krause Essay Prize is awarded each year to the work that best exemplifies the art of essaying. Open to projects in any genre, medium, or form, the Krause Essay Prize stretches the definition of “essaying” in order to celebrate work that is defined by what it does—the activity that it engages in—rather than what it is.

Nominations for the Prize are made each year by an ever-changing committee of twelve to fifteen writers, filmmakers, radio producers, visual artists, critics, editors, and readers. The nominations are then explored, challenged, and ultimately judged by NWP students in the semester-long graduate course The Essay Prize.

For a change of pace, and for the first time in the Prize’s twelve-year history, this year’s nominating committee was made up exclusively of NWP alumni who had previously taken versions of the Essay Prize course (kind of).

This year’s nominating committee includes alumni Jen Percy, NWP ’10; Faith Adiele, NWP ’01; Lucas Mann, NWP ’12; Larry Ypil, NWP ’15; Lina Ferreira, NWP ’12; Cutter Wood, NWP ’10; Angela Morales, NWP ’97; Elliott Krause, NWP ’14; T. Clutch Fleischmann, NWP ’09; Elena Passarello, NWP ’08; Sandy Allen, NWP ’12; Kristen Radtke, NWP ’12; and Jo Ann Beard, NWP ’94.


The 2019 Krause Essay Prize Nominees

  • Mary-Kim Arnold, Litany for the Long Moment
  • Jimmy Chin & E. Chai Vasarhelyi, “Free Solo”
  • Barbara Ehrenreich, Natural Causes
  • Amy Fusselman, Idiophone
  • Hannah Gadsby, “Nanette”
  • Reina Gossett & Sasha Wortzel, “Happy Birthday, Marsha!”
  • Berry Grass, “Battle Vest”
  • Diana Hamilton, “Attempt to be Adequate to the Experience of Loving an Animal”
  • Jonathan Harris, “A Silent Place”
  • Sadia Hassan, “Silence is a Lonely Country”
  • Lauren Hough, “I Was a Cable Guy”
  • Sandra Gail Lambert, A Certain Loneliness
  • Leon Neyfakh “Slow Burn” (podcast)
  • Tommi Parrish, The Lie and How We Told It
  • Tim Wardle, “Three Identical Strangers”
  • Chloe Zhao, “The Rider”

The winner of the Prize will be selected in May by a group of NWP students. Recipients receive a $10,000 cash prize and a handmade walnut letter box inscribed with their name and the title of their winning essay. For more information about the Prize, visit