Pitt Press authors win prestigious awards

Two authors published by the University of Pittsburgh Press have won awards from Pennsylvania organizations.Cover of "Pennsylvania Farming"

  • “Pennsylvania Farming: A History in Landscapes” by Sally McMurry, has won the 2018 Philip S. Klein Prize from the Pennsylvania Historical Association. The Klein Prize is given biennially for the best book on a topic that illuminates the history of Pennsylvania. “Pennsylvania Farming” is the first history of Pennsylvania agriculture in more than 60 years, and it goes beyond a strictly economic approach and considers the diverse forces that helped shape the farming landscape, from physical factors to cultural repertoires to labor systems to the people. McMurry is professor emerita of history at Penn State and former president of the Agricultural History Society.
  • Patricia M. DeMarco has won the 2018 Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light Visionary Award, which is presented annually to a Pennsylvania visionary who has engaged in significant actions “to tend and sustain” the Earth and all its creatures. Among those actions is her recent book “Pathways to Our Sustainable Future: A Global Perspective from Pittsburgh,” published by Pitt Press.

Also of note

Ryan BlackRyan Black, director of undergraduate creative writing at Queens College in New York City, is the 2018 winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. The University of Pittsburgh Press and Pitt Poetry Series will published his collection, “The Tenant of Fire” in fall 2019. Black also will receive a $5,000 cash prize.

“The Tenant of Fire” is about Queens — its history, both public and personal, real and imagined, according to the Pitt Press. The Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize is a national literary award for a first full-length book of poetry in the English language. The prize is named for a former director of the University of Pittsburgh Press. More details here.