The Stone Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement honors a major American author who has created a body of critically acclaimed literary work and has been—in the tradition of creative writing at OSU—a dedicated mentor to succeeding generations of young writers.

OSU alum Patrick F. Stone ('74) and his wife, Vicki, established the prize to spotlight what they see as one of OSU’s best kept secrets: the MFA Program in Creative Writing, which has a growing reputation for its emphasis on mentoring students, building community and reaching out to underserved populations—including at-risk youth and military veterans.  The Stones’ $600,000 commitment has allowed OSU to award prizes in 2012, 2014 and 2016, and will continue to provide award funding through an endowment. The honorarium for the award is $20,000, making the Stone Prize one of the most substantial awards for lifetime literary achievement offered by any university in the country.

Recipients of the Stone Literary Award give readings, master classes and lectures in both Corvallis and Portland, highlighting the value of creative communication in contemporary American culture. In conjunction with the prize, an “Everybody Reads” program features a selected book by the writer, with events at libraries, book clubs and independent bookstores.

2016 Public Event Schedule

All events are free and open to the public

Thursday, April 7, 2016, Corvallis, Oregon

7:00 p.m.: “Reading Rita Dove,” lecture by Larry Rodgers, Professor of English and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts

Location: Memorial Union, Room 104 (Journey Room), Oregon State University

Thursday, April 14, 2016, Corvallis, Oregon

7:30 p.m.: Poetry reading and Q&A with Rita Dove

8:30 p.m.: Book signing

Location: CH2M Hill Alumni Center, 725 SW 26th Ave., Corvallis, OR, 97331

Friday, April 15, 2016, Portland, Oregon

7:30 p.m.: Poetry reading and onstage interview with Rita Dove

8:30 p.m.: Post-event reception. 

Location: First Congregational Church, 1126 SW Park Ave., Portland, OR, 97205

*For accommodations for disabilities for both the Portland and Corvallis events, call 541-737-4717. 

Photo by Fred Viebahn