Thursday, October 24, 2013
Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame to honor Anna Myers, Woody Guthrie
The Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame will honor award-winning author Anna Myers and legendary troubadour Woody Guthrie on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Oklahoma State University-Tulsa Auditorium.
“Our Hall of Fame program is a special celebration of Oklahoma at its literary best,” said Teresa Miller, executive director of the Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa. “Myers and Guthrie have found the words for our dreams and we will honor them for it.”
Myers will be inducted into the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame. She earned the Oklahoma Book Award for Red Dirt Jessie, Graveyard Girl, Assassin and Spy, andrecently received the Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor presented by the Oklahoma Center for the Book.
Guthrie will be honored with a memorial tribute by his daughter, Nora Guthrie, and bestselling author Michael Wallis. Special guest and Guthrie scholar Will Kaufman will perform some of Guthrie’s signature songs. Kaufman has proclaimed Guthrie, known for such classic anthems as “This Land is Your Land,” as the representative voice of America.
The event is dedicated to Joanie Stephenson, the owner of Tulsa’s landmark bookstore Steve’s Sundry. In business since 1947, the bookstore, which has launched the careers of many of Oklahoma’s most notable writers, will close at the end of the year.
The Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame program is presented by the Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa in partnership with the Woody Guthrie Center and the OSU-Tulsa Library. Tickets to the event are $10 and may be purchased online at myticketoffice.com or by calling 918-596-7111. Special discounts are available for students, teachers and Center members.
The Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame was established to honor Oklahoma writers who have made major contributions to American literature while living and writing in Oklahoma.