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Annie Dawid lives and writes in South-Central Colorado. An English professor and director of creative writing for 15 years at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, Annie left full-time teaching for full-time writing. She founded BloomsburyWest, a retreat for writers and artists, in 2006 and shuttered it in 2012. She teaches creative writing at Aprapahoe Community College.

Annie Dawid's book of linking stories, And Darkness Was Under His Feet: Stories Of A Family, won the 2007 Litchfield Award for Short Fiction and was published in 2008. Her second book, Lily in the Desert: Stories, was published in 2001 by the Carnegie-Mellon University Press.Her first book, York Ferry, a novel, is now in a second printing from Cane Hill Press of NYC. Both books can be bought in any bookstore, on-line or in the flesh. You can also buy copies of York Ferry directly from the writer. Her photographs, assemblages and rugs have also appeared in various literary magazines as well as shows in Oregon and Colorado. She also designs and hooks rugs, which have been featured in Colorado galleries.

In 2004, she was writer-in-residence at the University of North Dakota’s annual writer’s conference. In 2003, she taught master classes in the short story at the South Australia Writers Center in Adelaide. In 2005-2009, she visited campuses in Arkansas, Kentucky, Indiana, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Colorado.

Annie has taught workshops at the Taos (NM) Summer Writers Conference (2010, 2013) and Castle Rock (CO) Writers Conference (2013).

Annie Dawid is a regular contributor to the Jonestown Institute website.  Click here to see her Jonestown page and some of her commentaries.

Honors and Awards

2016 FICTION CATEGORY WINNER! The International Rubery Book Award for York Ferry: A Novel
2016 First Prize, Knut House: Music Prize Winner for "Sex and the Piano" Click here for full list of winners.
"And Darkness Was Under His Feet" Honorable Mention, General Fiction, San Francisco Book Festival 2015
Finalist: 2015 Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Award for "Laugh America Star" a sestina.
"Kenny, Winking," Honorable Mention, GlimmerTrain Fiction Open 2013
"Homeless Camping Jump," Honorable Mention, GlimmerTrain Fiction Open 2013
Winner of the 2012 Dana Award in the essay
"Ten Days Before the End," Honorable Mention, "Family Matters Contest," GlimmerTrain Stories 2010
First prize for Non-Fiction for "Deeps" with the Northern Colorado Writers
Flash Fiction first prize for "Nitza Kosher Pizza" with A Room of One's Own Foundation
2009 Finalist, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Short Story-Fiction, "And Darkness Was Under His Feet: Stories of a Family"
2008 First Prize, Short Grain Magazine, Dramatic Monologue, “Mamelah’s Monologue”
2007 First Prize, Literal Latte Short-Short Fiction Contest; Litchfield Review Award for Short Fiction for "And Darkness Was Under His Feet: Stories of a Family" [collection]
2006 Second Prize, Abroad Writer’s Conference, Short Story Prize for“Knowing What We Know,” [section of "Jonestown"]
Selected “Colorado Voice” for The Denver Post, temporary columnist


"My experience working with and having Ms. Dawid edit my book was wonderful. She was professional and insightful while working on my book. Not only did she point out things that I, as a writer needed to be made aware of, she also provided pointers on how to enhance my writing. I highly recommend her services for anyone who is seeking quality editing and honest feedback for their writing assignment."

- Gary A., December 2012

"I recently hired Annie Dawid to edit the manuscript of my novel and was very impressed with the results. Annie did a thorough, sensitive, intelligent and extremely helpful job, providing me with a scrupulously edited ms., detailed chapter summary and separate multi-page critical reaction with concrete suggestions for changes that respected my authorial intent. Incorporating her edits and some suggestions in a rewrite of the novel, I discovered my book had more interesting characters, a stronger plotline, and a more flowing style. I submitted the rewritten novel to the Breakthrough Novel Contest and placed in the Quarterfinals, with many positive reviews."

- Leslie Rodd, San Francisco 2009


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