Distinguished Author Award

2017 Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award

Richard Ford © Karen Robinson

What

The Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award is an annual award given by the Tulsa Library Trust. Its purpose is to give formal recognition, on behalf of the Tulsa County community, to internationally acclaimed authors who have written a distinguished body of work and made a major contribution to the field of literature and letters.

The award consists of a $40,000 cash prize and an engraved crystal book.

Poet Billy Collins Is The Winner Of The 2016 Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award. Where Can I Learn More About Him And Him Work?

You can learn more about Billy Collins and his career through the Biography in Context database. First, click on the Research & Learn tab at the top of the library home page, then select Alphabetical List of Resources. Scroll down to the B's for Biography in Context. Perform a search for the name 'Collins, Billy' and you should receive a list of results, including biographies, newspaper and magazine articles, and radio interviews.  

Poet Billy Collins to receive 2016 Helmerich award

   TULSA, Okla. --- America’s favorite poet, Billy Collins, is coming to Tulsa Dec. 2 and 3 to receive the Tulsa Library Trust’s 2016 Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award.

   The former U.S. Poet Laureate is the first poet to receive the prestigious prize; other past Distinguished Author Award winners, such as Wendell Berry and Joyce Carol Oates, have published poetry but are better known for their novels and nonfiction.

Journalist Rick Atkinson Is The Winner Of The 2015 Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award. Where Can I Learn More About Him And Him Work?

You can learn more about Rick Atkinson and his career through the Biography in Context database. First, click on the Research & Learn tab at the top of the library home page, then select Alphabetical List of Resources. Scroll down to the B's for Biography in Context. Perform a search for the name 'Atkinson, Rick' and you should receive a list of results, including biographies, newspaper and magazine articles, and radio interviews.  

Ann Patchett coming to Tulsa Dec. 5 and 6 to receive Helmerich Award

   Hailed as one of the most interesting and unconventional writers of her generation, American author Ann Patchett is coming to Tulsa Dec. 5 and 6 to receive the Tulsa Library Trust’s 2014 Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award.

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