Santa Fe Community College to Celebrate Katie Besser Creative Writing Awards

Santa Fe Community College’s emerging writers will showcase their work during the Katie Besser Creative Writing Awards celebration, formerly known as the Student Writing Awards at 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 1 at Collected Works Bookstore, 202 Galisteo St. The recipient of the Richard Bradford Memorial Creative Writing Scholarship will also be announced. The awards were renamed the Katie Besser Creative Writing Awards in recognition Ms. Besser’s love of literature and creative writing.

More than a dozen writers representing the diverse community at SFCC will read from their winning works. Accolades, a booklet containing the pieces, will be available free of charge at the event and online at In addition, the eighth annual winner of the Santa Fe Community College Foundation’s Richard Bradford Memorial Creative Writing Scholarship will be announced. Named for the author of the 1968 classic Red Sky at Morning, the scholarship was initiated by author Michael McGarrity, arts advocate Charmay Allred and former Santa Fe city councilwoman Rebecca Wurzburger.

These are this year’s winners by category:
Poetry – Winner: Natalie Najman; Runners-Up: Jade McLellan and Jim Roser; Honorable Mentions: Jade McLellan, Hannah Wiseheart, Denise Martinez Arevalo, James Gould, Olivia Jones and Elaina Gomez-Villeda
Fiction – Winner: Natalie Najman; Runner-Up: Darlene Goering; Honorable Mentions: Hannah Wiseheart and Richard Smith
Personal Essay – Winner: Hannah Wiseheart; Runner-Up: Marguerite Kearns; Honorable Mentions: Shane Davis and Mariana Perez Mendoza
Academic Essay – Winner: Jim Roser; Honorable Mention: Natalie Najman

Winners whose names appear more than once submitted more than one writing sample. The awards are sponsored by SFCC’s Office of Student Development, Student Government Association, the School of Liberal Arts and the SFCC Foundation.

CALENDAR: SFCC Katie Besser Creative Writing Awards Celebration Tuesday, May 1, 6 p.m. at Collected Works Bookstore, 202 Galisteo Street. Student honorees read from their works. Free. 428-1387,

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