Winner & Finalists

Congratulations to the 2018 Vermont Book Award Finalists!

Katherine ArdenThe Bear and the Nightingale (Fiction)
By Katherine Arden

Born in Texas, Katherine Arden attended Middlebury College, where she majored in French and Russian. She has lived in France and in Russia. She has also lived in Hawaii, where she spent time guiding horse trips while writing The Bear and the Nightingale.  She currently lives in Middlebury. 

Martin PhilipBreaking Bread:
A Baker's Journey Home in 75 Recipes (CNF)
By Martin Philip

Martin Philip is a baker, author and banjoist. His book, Breaking Bread: a baker’s journey home in 75 recipes (HarperCollins, 2017) was recently awarded the Grand Prize at the New England Book Festival. A native of the Arkansas Ozarks, he is an educator and has traveled internationally to bring baking education and his love of craft to ex-convicts, underserved populations, and recently-landed immigrants. He is a MacDowell Fellow and a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory. (photo credit: Lars Blackmore)

Adam FedermanFasting and Feasting: 
The Life of Visionary Food Writer Patience Gray (CNF)
By Adam Federman

Adam Federman is a reporting fellow with the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute covering energy and the environment. He has written for the Nation magazine, the Guardian, Columbia Journalism Review, and other publications. He has been a Russia Fulbright fellow, a Middlebury fellow in environmental journalism, and the recipient of a Polk grant for investigative reporting. A former line cook, bread baker, and pastry chef, he lives in Vermont.

Jason ChinGrand Canyon (Children’s Lit, Picture Book)
By Jason Chin

Jason Chin writes and illustrates picture books about science and nature. His books, including Redwoods, Gravity, and Island have received a many awards and accolades, most notably a Caldecott Honor for Grand Canyon. Jason grew up in New Hampshire and now lives in Vermont with his family.

Tanya Lee StoneGirl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time 
(Children’s Lit, YA fiction)
By Tanya Lee Stone

Tanya Lee Stone is best known for telling true stories of people who shape our world but have been excluded from the historical record. Girl Rising is her 100th book. Stone's work has been honored with many awards, including an NAACP Image Award, NPR Best Books, and the ALA's Top Ten Banned Books. Stone visits schools nationwide, does corporate speaking on gender inequality issues, and teaches writing at Champlain College.

April OssmanEvent Boundaries (Poetry)
By April Ossmann

April Ossmann is author of Event Boundaries (Four Way Books, 2017), and Anxious Music (Four Way Books, 2007), and recipient of a 2013 Vermont Arts Council Creation Grant. She has published her poems widely, and is an editing and publishing consultant ( ), and a faculty editor for the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing Program at Sierra Nevada College. She was executive director of Alice James Books from 2000–2008, and lives in West Windsor, VT.


Greg DelantySelected Delanty (Poetry)
By Greg Delanty

Greg Delanty is an immigrant from Cork, Ireland. The novelist Colum McCann, in The Irish Times 1986 Best Books of the Year, has said “Delanty has catalogued an entire generation and its relationship to exile. He is laureate of those who have gone.” Delanty became a US citizen in 1992. He has lived more than half his life in Vermont, and teaches at St. Michael’s College. Selected Delanty is his eighteenth book. His poems are widely anthologized. Delanty has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship for poetry. The overall range of subject matter and poetic form from book to book is noteworthy. (photo credit: Copyright © John Minihan

2018 Vermont Book Award Panel of Judges

  • Megan Mayhew Bergman
  • Elizabeth Bluemle
  • Hugh Coyle
  • Maria Hummel
  • Elizabeth Powell
  • Alison Prine
  • Aaron Starmer
  • Joy Worland 


Miciah Bay Gault
Vermont Book Award Coordinator
Faculty, MFA in Writing & Publishing

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The Vermont Book Award is a new prize created to honor artists with deep connections to the state of Vermont and to draw attention to a state so uniquely suited for creative enterprise.

In keeping with our mission of promoting emerging and established artists, the Vermont Book Award will recognize outstanding poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and children’s literature that is penned by a Vermont writer.