Santa Fe Community College Announces 2024 Katie Besser Student Awards

Recipients were recognized in a ceremony at Meow Wolf on May 3
Elliott Elkins received Richard Bradford Memorial Creative Writing Scholarship

Group photo of winners, L to R: Camari Knox, Elliott Elkins, Loki-Anthony Honey, Slater Garcia, Rodney DeHerrera, Isabella Keim, and Peter McInerney

Richard Bradford Memorial Scholarship Winner Elliot Elkins

Santa Fe Community College’s emerging writers, photographers and mixed media artists were recognized during the Katie Besser Awards celebration hosted by Meow Wolf on May 3. The awards were named for the late Katie Besser in recognition of her love of literature and creative writing. The event celebrated students’ creative expression through writing, photography and media arts. Writers representing SFCC’s diverse community read from their winning works.

The fourteenth annual winner of Santa Fe Community College Foundation’s Richard Bradford Memorial Creative Writing Scholarship was announced at the conclusion of the awards celebration. Elliott Elkins will receive the $1,000 scholarship. Named for the author of the 1968 classic Red Sky at Morning, the scholarship was initiated by author Michael McGarrity, the late arts advocate Charmay Allred and former Santa Fe city councilwoman Rebecca Wurzburger.

These are this year’s Katie Besser Student Award winners by category:

Angelique Maez – “Whispers of Autumn”


Lynn Grimes – excerpts from the artist book Wildflowers of the Southwest Mountains
Irene Owsley – excerpts from the artist book SKY, New Mexico

Accolades 2024

Camari Knox – “In the Distance, Dances My Joy”

Cole Ferguson – “Flowers, Bodies”
Loki-Anthony Honey – “Dress Shirt”
Peter McInerney – “blacksmithing in the anthropocene”

Honorable Mention:
Rodney DeHerrera – “Abuelita”

Slater Garcia – “Instruction Manual”

Isabella Keim – “Coral Lungs”
Elliott Elkins – “Lena’s Tower”

Creative Non-Fiction

Peter McInerney – “disappearing act”

Joanna Johnston – “Unburnt”
Charlie McCarty – “Suburban Afternoon”

Honorable Mention:
Bolden Begody – “Sugar Water”

Academic Essay
Elliott Elkins – “A Life to Burn”

Charlie McCarty – “The Inconvenience of Empathy”
Cole Ferguson – “Defining Beauty, An Exploration of Humanity”

The Katie Besser Awards are presented through a collaboration of SFCC’s English and Creative Writing programs, SFCC’s Media Arts department, SFCC Foundation, and with the support of Meow Wolf. The Katie Besser Art & Writing Awards are directed by Genevieve Betts.

The Accolades designer is Vitória Oliveira Dos Santos, and the photograph on the cover is the winning photo from Angelique Maez called “Whispers of Autumn.”

Note: A copy of Accolades, which includes the winning entries, is available to download here.


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