Oct 5, 2015, 6:00 pm


Salt Lake City

Wasatch Front Region


Weller Book Works
607 Trolley Sq
Salt Lake City , UT 84102-2827
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15 Bytes and Utah Humanities are pleased to present the winners and two of the finalists from the 2015 15 Bytes Book Awards, Braden Hepner (Fiction), Natasha Saje (Poetry), Laura Stott (Poetry), and Raphael Dagold (Poetry) at Weller Book Works.

Currently in its third year, the 15 Bytes Book Awards is an annual program to celebrate the best Utah books in Fiction, Poetry and Art and are juried by members of the 15 Bytes staff and guest judges.

To be eligible for the 2015 15 Bytes Book Award, a nominated book was required to be written by a Utah author and/or have a Utah theme or setting; be published in 2014; be professionally published and bound, and assigned an ISBN. Books are eligible in three categories: Fiction (50,000 words minimum), Poetry (48 pages minimum), Art books (20 pages minimum).

BRADEN HEPNER graduated from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2009 and now lives in Idaho with his wife and son. This is his first novel.

In addition to her work as a professor of English at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, where she is the curator of the Anne Newman Sutton Weeks Poetry Series, Natasha Sajé is a member of the poetry faculty at the Vermont College of Fine Arts M.F.A. program. She is the author of three books of poems, a book of poetry criticism, and many essays. Her work has been honored with the Robert Winner and Alice Fay di Castagnola Awards, a Fulbright fellowship, the Campbell Corner Poetry Prize, and the Utah Book.

Laura Stott is the author of the book of poems, In the Museum of Coming and Going, (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2014).  She studied at Eastern Washington University and her poems have been published and are forthcoming in various journals, including Bellingham Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Cutbank, Quarterly West, Sonora Review, Sugarhouse Review, Copper Nickel, and Rock and Sling.  In 2014 Laura was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She also loves to collaborate with other artists. One of her current projects involves her “Blue Nude” poetry and painting series, with her sister, Katheryn Stott. She currently teaches at Weber State University.

Raphael Dagold is the author of the poetry collection Bastard Heart (Silverfish Review Press, 2014). This year, he won the Mountain West Writers’ Award in Poetry, the American Literary Review Creative Nonfiction Contest, the Scowcroft Award in Prose, and was a finalist for the North American Review James Hearst Poetry Prize. Recent and forthcoming publications include The Antioch Review, Western Humanities Review, North American Review, and The Asheville Poetry Review. He is currently sending out a new poetry manuscript, Self Storage, and is an Associate Instructor of composition and creative writing at the University of Utah, where he received a PhD in Creative Writing and Literature in May.

For more information on the awards, visit: http://artistsofutah.org/15Bytes/index.php/vivarium-and-pale-harvest-winners-of-the-15-bytes-book-award/

This event is made possible with support from Utah Humanities, Weller Book Works, and 15 Bytes.