Boothe Prize Winning Essays On Veterans

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Tracy Crow is a former Marine Corps officer and an award-winning military journalist. Her essays and short stories have been published widely and been nominated for three Pushcart Prizes. Tracy is also the president and CEO of MilSpeak Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to supporting the creative endeavors of military veterans and their families through writing workshops around the country.

Her professional experience includes thirty-eight years of executive leadership expertise, crisis management training and leadership, sales training and management, advertising and marketing, public and media relations, corporate and entrepreneurial business development, publication design and editing, and academic teaching.

Tracy is the author or editor of six books: the newly released novella, Cooper’s Hawk: The Remembering; the award-winning memoir, Eyes Right: Confessions from a Woman Marine, about her life as a military journalist during the groundbreaking 1980s; the newly released popular history, It’s My Country Too: Women’s Military Stories from the American Revolution to Afghanistan with co-author Jerri Bell; the breakthrough writing text, On Point: A Guide to Writing the Military Story; the anthology, Red, White, & True: Stories from Veterans and Families, WWII to Present; and the military thriller, An Unlawful Order, under her pen name, Carver Greene.

Tracy has a B.A. in creative writing from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, and an MFA in creative writing from Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina.

Tracy’s clients include colleges and universities, companies with sales & marketing teams, writers and writing programs and veterans/military groups.


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VALUES-CENTERED LEADERSHIP
An insightful keynote addressing the importance of values-centered leadership and how your company’s success is affected by a values-focused vision.


YOUR LIFE AS STORY
How writing leads to self-awareness and healing.
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THINKING INSIDE THE BOX
Why today’s top leaders turn inward for the most creative solutions.


GET SMART WITH ART
Using the creative arts to enhance and sharpen our critical thinking skills in the workplace and beyond.  3-hour workshop that can also be customized to meet client’s needs.


EFFECTIVE BUSINESS WRITING SKILLS
Effective business-writing skills.  3-hour or 6-hour workshop, customized for client needs


ON POINT
How to write your military story & why you should.  Customized Workshop or Keynote


THE CROSS GENERATIONAL IMPACT OF MILITARY SERVICE
The cross-generational impact of American military service since World War II: How customs, traditions, long separations, & loss transcend time and shape a society.


IT’S MY COUNTRY TOO!
War stories from the cross-dressers, nurses, cooks, spies, & other heroines, American Revolution to Afghanistan.
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  • NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education – keynote speaker
  • Medtronic – keynote speaker
  • South Carolina Library Alumni Association – keynote speaker
  • Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading – featured author
  • Dress for Success Triangle –guest speaker/writing workshop instructor
  • Professional Business Women’s Association, St. Petersburg – guest speaker
  • Saint Leo University – guest speaker/lecturer
  • Eckerd College – keynote speaker for Friends of the Library and featured author for Writers in Paradise
  • Gettysburg College – guest speaker/lecturer
  • Everest University – guest speaker/lecturer
  • Association of Writers & Writing Professionals – panel presenter
  • Bouchard Insurance – teaching consultant for business writing seminars and teacher-training mentorship
  • Carteret Writers, Inc. – guest speaker/lecturer
  • Women Marines Association – guest speaker
  • North Carolina Women Veterans Summit and Expo – keynote speaker
  • Granville County – keynote speaker
  • Town of Butner (NC) – keynote speaker

GALLERY


Since 1980, the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes have honored the previous year's best books and their authors at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. 

In addition to previously announced winners Juan Felipe Herrera and , this year's event highlighted some of 2015's best and brightest works, including novels, biographies and poems covering a variety of topics including assassinations and drug cartels, and lost environments and unsung environmentalists. This year's ceremony — the 36th annual — took place at Bovard Auditorium on the USC campus on Saturday. 

Live coverage of the L.A. Times' annual #bookfest>>

Here are this year's winners:

Biography

Hayden Herrera, "Listening to Stone: The Art and Life of Isamu Noguchi" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

"Stone" presents a portrait of the well-traveled and highly influential Japanese American artist and designer who specialized in what he dubbed the "sculpturing of space."

The other finalists in this category:

  • Terry Alford, "Fortune's Fool: The Life of John Wilkes Booth," Oxford University Press
  • Charlotte DeCroes Jacobs, "Jonas Salk: A Life," Oxford University Press 
  • Patrick McGilligan, "Young Orson: The Years of Luck and Genius on the Path to Citizen Kane," HarperCollins
  • John Norris, "Mary McGrory: The First Queen of Journalism," Viking

Current Interest

Sarah Chayes, "Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security" (W. W. Norton and Co.)

The former reporter and  adviser zeroes in on the roots and effect of widespread corruption in global governments. 

The other finalists in this category:

  • Joe Domanick, "Blue: The LAPD and the Battle to Redeem American Policing," Simon & Schuster
  • Sam Quinones, "Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic," Bloomsbury Press
  • Sandy Tolan, "Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land," Bloomsbury USA
  • Stephen Witt, "How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, the Turn of the Century, and the Patient Zero of Piracy," Viking

Fiction

Valeria Luiselli, translated by Christina MacSweeney, "The Story of My Teeth" (Coffee House Press).

"Teeth" is Luiselli's "novel-essay" that follows a retired Mexican auctioneer on a quest for new teeth. 
Read The Los Angeles Times review>

The other finalists in this category:

  • Anne Enright, "The Green Road," W. W. Norton and Co.
  • James Hannaham, "Delicious Foods," Little, Brown and Co.
  • Adam Johnson, "Fortune Smiles," Random House
  • Helen Phillips, "Beautiful Bureaucrat," Henry Holt and Co.

Graphic Novel/Comics

Riad Sattouf, "Arab of the Future: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1978-1984: A Graphic Memoir" (Metropolitan Books)

The first volume of a planned trilogy, "Arab" reflects on the author's childhood in troubled times, growing up under the rule of Libya's Moammar Kadafi, Syria's President  and, most significantly, his own father.
Read The Los Angeles Times review>

The other finalists in this category:

  • Sam Alden, "New Construction: Two More Stories," Uncivilized Books
  • Julian Hanshaw, "Tim Ginger," Top Shelf Productions, an imprint of IDW Publishing
  • Maggie Thrash, "Honor Girl: A Graphic Memoir," Candlewick
  • Carol Tyler, "Soldier's Heart: The Campaign to Understand My WWII Veteran Father: A Daughter's Memoir (You'll Never Know)," Fantagraphics

History

Dan Ephron, "Killing a King: The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and the Remaking of Israel" (W. W. Norton and Co.)

Ephron's deeply researched tome recounts the events of Rabin's assassination and how it affected Middle Eastern geopolitics.
Read an excerpt from "Killing a King">

The other finalists in this category:

  • Mary Beard, "SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome," Liveright/W. W. Norton and Co.
  • Jonathan M. Bryant, "Dark Places of the Earth: The Voyage of the Slave Ship Antelope," Liveright/W. W. Norton and Co.
  • David Maraniss, "Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story," Simon & Schuster
  • Mark Molesky, "This Gulf of Fire: The Destruction of Lisbon, or Apocalypse in the Age of Science and Reason," Alfred A. Knopf

Mystery/Thriller

Don Winslow, "The Cartel" (Alfred A. Knopf)

Winslow's follow-up to "The Power of the Dog" continues his unflinching look at the ongoing war on drugs, in what James Ellroy called "the 'War and Peace' of dopewar books."
Read The Los Angeles Times interview with Winslow> 

The other finalists in this category:

  • Lou Berney, "The Long and Faraway Gone," William Morrow
  • Viet Thanh Nguyen, "The Sympathizer," Grove Press
  • Brian Panowich, "Bull Mountain," G.P. Putnam's Sons
  • Richard Price, "The Whites," Henry Holt & Co.

Poetry

Jorie Graham, "From the New World: Poems 1976-2014" (Ecco/HarperCollins)

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Graham helped redefine American poetry in the postwar era and into the new millennium. Her style's evolution is reflected in this collection, which covered nearly 40 years of work.

The other finalists in this category:

  • Rick Barot, "Chord," Sarabande Books
  • Robin Coste Lewis, "Voyage of the Sable Venus," Alfred A. Knopf
  • Fiona Sze-Lorrain, "The Ruined Elegance," Press
  • Jean Valentine, "Shirt in Heaven," Copper Canyon Press

Science and Technology

Andrea Wulf, "The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World" (Alfred A. Knopf).

A look at the life and legacy of  the 18th century German naturalist who helped change the way we look at the world around us and helped inspire the rise of environmentalism.
Read Andrea Wulf's op-ed in the Los Angeles Times>

The other finalists in this category:

  • John Markoff, "Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots," Ecco/HarperCollins
  • David J. Morris, "The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder," Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Beth Shapiro, "How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction," Princeton University Press
  • Jonathan Waldman, "Rust: The Longest War," Simon & Schuster

The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction

Chigozie Obioma, "The Fishermen" (Little, Brown and Co.)

The Nigerian-born writer's debut novel centers on four brothers whose bonds are tested when they come across an ominous prophecy. 

The other finalists in this category:

  • Sarah Gerard, "Binary Star," Two Dollar Radio
  • Ben Metcalf, "Against the Country," Random House
  • Sara Novic, "Girl at War," Random House
  • Andrew Roe, "The Miracle Girl," Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill

Young Adult Literature

Marilyn Nelson, "My Seneca Village" (namelos)

Nelson's collection of poems takes place in an imagined version of the titular New York City neighborhood -- a multiethnic community significant for its African American population -- which was bulldozed in 1857, in order to make way for Central Park. 

The other finalists in this category:

  • Don Brown, "Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans," Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers
  • Jason Reynolds, "The Boy in the Black Suit," Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Laura Amy Schlitz, "The Hired Girl," Candlewick
  • Steve Sheinkin, "Most Dangerous: and the Secret History of the Vietnam War," Roaring Brook Press

Innovator’s Award

James Patterson

Bestselling author and philanthropist Patterson has written or co-written 152 books, including the popular Alex Cross thrillers. In 2015 he launched a series of YA books and a website that aims to get children excited about reading. 
Read The Los Angeles Times interview with Patterson>


Robert Kirsch Award

Juan Felipe Herrera

The U.S. poet laureate has written more than 30 books, including the poetry collections "Notes of the Assemblage" and "187 Reasons Mexicanos Can't Cross the Border." Herrera was awarded the L.A. Times Book Prize's 2015 Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement.
Read The Los Angeles Times interview with Herrera>

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