Anthropology professor Calla Jacobson wins manuscript award

Professor Calla Jacobson was recently awarded the Sandra Carpenter Prize for Creative Nonfiction, an annual prize awarded by the Sandra Carpenter Memorial Fund, in partnership with the First Pages Prize.

Jacobson won the award based on an excerpt from his working manuscript, “The Tiger’s Paw Print: A Memoir of Myth and Desire in the Himalayas.” She received $750, a development mount, and an agent consultation.

“For more than two decades people have told me I should write my daughter’s origin story – crafted, as it was, out of an unlikely love that blossomed with a subsistence farmer in the ‘Himalayas,” says Jacobson. “I finally did, in a memoir that is part immersion in the daily life of a mountain community, part love story and part retelling of local mythology featuring birds. sad, avaricious gods, a feral yeti female, and ordinary humans involved in their exploits.

“We were truly thrilled to offer this international writing award as a way to support an American, female-identifying writer in the development and publication of her creative nonfiction manuscript,” Kezia said. Carpenter, adviser to the SCMF, in a statement. “We hope the award can further facilitate Calla’s participation in the global writing community and provide her with new opportunities to travel and/or live abroad that can support her and her work.”

The First Pages Prize is an international competition that supports emerging writers without an agent. The Sandra Carpenter Memorial Fund was established in honor of Sandra Carpenter, who was a writer and member of the First Pages Award Board.

Jacobson taught at CC from 2000 to 2004 as a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology, and has since returned as a block visitor.

You can read more about Jacobson’s work and memoir on his website.

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