Kim Edwards, "Sky Juice," 1990What the award meant: I'd been writing quietly, but steadily, since my graduation from the Iowa Writers' Workshop a few years earlier. Teaching English as a second language abroad allowed me to support myself and travel. It gave me both the excitement of new countries and new perspectives and the freedom to take risks in my writing and discover my voice. Winning the Nelson Algren award was a tremendous affirmation of the work I'd been doing and it gave me confidence to continue.
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